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Tobacco smoking occupies first place in the world among preventable reasons for death, however, roughly 5 million people die annually as a result of health related problems caused by smoking. In the developed countries (USA), the life expectancy of smokers on an average is shorter by 13 years in comparison to nonsmokers.
Smoking, to be precise nicotine, blocks vitamin C acquisition. Thereby, hypovitaminosis C is provoked, the consequences of which are reflected on all organs, especially, the walls of vessels that are exposed to destruction by oxidants.
Smoking leads to pronounced changes in the internal organs; more often respiratory organs, cardiovascular system and gastrointestinal tract are affected.
Smokers are more prone to lung cancer by several times than nonsmokers. According to the latest data, more than 90 percent of cases of lung cancer are related to smoking in anamnesis. The main etiological factors for causing lung cancer in smokers are: radon, polonium, benzpyrene and nitrosamines, contained in tobacco tar.
Smoking also increases the probability of other kinds of malignant tumors. The following are organs that are prone to malignant tumors: oral cavity, esophagus, throat, pancreas, stomach, large intestine, kidney, urinary bladder, liver and prostates.
Also, smoking also causes emphysema of the lungs, achronic disease, connected with an irreversible degeneration of pulmonary tissue.
Smoking is a risk factor for cardiovascular diseases, such as atherosclerosis and myocardial infarction.
Smoking promotes the development of infectious diseases of the respiratory organs. And also is a risk factor for complications during pregnancy.
Passive smoking health hazards:
Smoking increases the probability of lung cancer and breast cancer in associates (so-called passive smokers) by also increasing the risk factor for the occurrence of asthma, heart diseases, miscarriage (in pregnant women), and other health problems in children as well as in adults. In France, from 3000 to 5000 people prematurely die per year due to passive smoking.
The British government now has launched a series of what have been described as very touchy anti smoking advertisements. The message in the ads is that smoking is bad for your sex life because it renders men impotent and women ugly. The campaign has been aimed towards young Brits who fear their attractiveness might be impacted by any number of factors. One ad uses a burning cigarette end between what are described as two "finger legs" - a metaphor for a penis - with the tag-line: "Does smoking make you hard? If not it means you can't get it up." Another ad targets women and states that cigarettes cause premature skin aging and gives a smoker what is called cat's bum mouth.