Why Do Cigarette Smokers Pay for Death?

Mike Goldberg
Lifestyle and Health Editor • TopekasNews
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Go outside any hospital and just wait: you will eventually see even medical professionals rushing outside in -20 degree weather to get a little puff of death.

Now before getting deep into this subject, let’s be frank.  Only an idiot or the mentally incompetent would pay for death.  And say what you will about doctors or nurses in our modern society, but even these fine products of high education cannot always escape the bold, addictive grip of cigarette smoke.  When the leading minds of health know full well the problems of smoking and can be seen outside hospitals, viciously suckling away at chemcials that will eventually lead to cancer or heart problems or E.D. or myriad other problems, such as killing my family off my family with their second hand smoke, we must rule that as a society, we are all idiots and mentally incompetent for allowing cigarette smoking to take place.

If you smoke cigarettes, you’ve been targetted by countless advertisements created to tell you how horrible and stupid you must be.  You have also been targetted by ads that show how great and awesome it is to puff away at a stick of cancer causing chemicals.

But even in the face of any advertising, it all boils down to one question:  why would you pay to smoke, when 84% of all chronic smokers die before 75, usually from an explosive aneurysm or worse, rotting lungs?  What makes you so stubborn, smokers?  Why do you ignore all of our warning messages?

Lungs and Smoking

Comparative look of nearly healthy lungs from a healthy non-smoker and those damaged by smoking normal cigarettes. Smoking has equally damaging effects throughout the body and if you’re addicted to sticking phallus shaped objects in your mouth, you’ve better chance of not catching a disease by working in a Vegas brothel.  You will also make money, instead of spending ‘$40 bucks a pack’.  One life choice is at least healthier than tar-basd nicotine rotting your lungs, as seen.

Smokers are not only harmful to themselves, but to the economy and environment as well.

Economic Costs Associated with Smoking

  • During 2000–2004, cigarette smoking was estimated to be responsible for $193 billion in annual health-related economic losses in the United States (nearly $96 billion in direct medical costs and an additional $97 billion in lost productivity).
  • Cigarette smoking results in 5.1 million years of potential life lost in the United States annually.

-SourceCenters for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

The data shows smokers are not hurting themselves, but also all of us vis-a-vis the economy.  Nearly $200 billion in health-related economic losses attributes to $2 trillion loss to all Americans in a decade.  How far in debt are we right now, and how much did people contribute just so they can pot a festering stick of death in their mouth?

At this point, some smokers may be upset and still say it is their business what they do with their body.  Despite the fact that cigarette smoking is harmful to themselves and our economy, perhaps it is the right of all smokers to smoke however much they want?  It is at this point that we can point out, no, cigarette smokers should not have the right to smoke anywhere.

Two out of five smokers secretly suffer from erectile dysfunction. For this reason many smoking advertisements use sensualized women smoking cigarettes, targetting men who cannot maintain a healthy stiffening. The cigarette becomes a psychological symbol of achievement for these men and the marketing departments of Big Tobacco make a profit at the expense of this near impotent men.

Most states have passed laws saying that smoker’s must do their business outside, where concentrated smoke has less risk of harming those who do not prefer to die from chemical exposure.But the problem with letting smokers do their thing, even outside, is that it is still killing us and destroying the environment.  Ohio State University has a great document on Environmental Tobacco Smoke, or ETS.

ETS is the transient smoke that wafts away from smokers and into your life.  According to this report, ETS is responsible for 3,000 lung cancer deaths each year for adult non-smokers.  Additionally:
[one_half]• ETS exposure has subtle, but significant respiratory
health effects among nonsmokers, including chest
discomfort and reduced lung function.
• ETS exposure causes more than 35,000 heart disease
deaths each year.
• ETS exposure results in 150,000 to 300,000 cases of
bronchitis and pneumonia annually among young
children up to 18 months of age.
• ETS exposure in children irritates the upper respira-
tory tract and reduces lung function.
• ETS exposure increases the prevalence of fluid in the
middle ear and contributes to middle ear infection.
• Breathing the smoke of ten cigarettes a day raises a
child’s chances of getting asthma.
• Between 200,000 and 1,000,000 asthmatic children
are affected by ETS.
• ETS can triple an infant’s risk of sudden infant death
syndrome.[/one_half][one_half_last]

1. Secondhand smoke causes premature death and disease in children and in adults who do not smoke.

2. Children exposed to secondhand smoke are at an in- creased risk for sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS), acute respiratory infections, ear problems, and more severe asthma. Smoking by parents causes respiratory symptoms and slows lung growth in their children.

3. Exposure of adults to secondhand smoke has immedi- ate adverse effects on the cardiovascular system and causes coronary heart disease and lung cancer.

4. The scientific evidence indicates that there is no risk- free level of exposure to secondhand smoke.

5. Many millions of Americans, both children and adults, are still exposed to secondhand smoke in their homes and workplaces despite substantial progress in tobacco control.

6. Eliminating smoking in indoor spaces fully protects nonsmokers from exposure to secondhand smoke. Separating smokers from nonsmokers, cleaning the air, and ventilating buildings cannot eliminate exposures of nonsmokers to secondhand smoke.[one_half]• ETS is responsible for approximately 3,000 lung cancer deaths each year.

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Smoking is a subject that annually brings great concern to medical professionals and hopefully many smokers too. You may have seen the “The Truth” ads that run on TV and think they seem corny, extreme and lose gravity or importance of the message. We all understand that yes, smoking can cause cancer and yes, it is a hard habit to break.

So what? Current anti-smoking ad campaigns seem to lead to this question. It is important to appreciate the seriousness of smoking and why you should avoid even if you have never smoked or have been a chain smoker since ‘Nam. This appreciation comes from understanding the simple mechanisms behind nicotine addiction, the full range of ill-effects cigarette chemicals can cause, dispelling myths and finally proactive solutions. With these facts it is possible to more readily understand what smoking means for you.

 

Where to Start

If you are not a mouth-breathing imbred, at this point you will realize that smoking is bad for you.  You will be serious about “kicking” your habit, and therefore it is important that you take a long look at the basic science behind smoking. It is important to realize that nicotine is an active drug that will directly affect structural and chemical elements of your body triggering pleasurable and increasingly addictive sensations.

Many people don’t realize that cigarettes have 60 chemicals that have a high incidence of leading to cancer. Over one third of cancer related deaths this year will be directly linked to smoking. This does not take into account deaths caused from heart disease and respiratory failure, which also is also attributed to the nearly 4,000 chemicals found in smoke. About half of all those smokers who continue to smoke will die because of the habit.

“In the United States, tobacco causes nearly 1 in 5 deaths, killing about 438,000 Americans each year. Smoking is the single most preventable cause of death in our society. Based on current patterns, smoking will kill about 650 million people currently alive in the world today. Tobacco-caused deaths worldwide are expected to increase from about 5 million per year today to about 10 million per year by the 2030s. Most of these deaths will occur in developing countries.” (American Cancer Society)

If you are serious about wanting to get over smoking and saving the quality of your life, please visit the links below. These are sources from scientific foundations that have information that can protect the life of you and your loved ones. While some people are able to quit smoking on willpower alone, surveys have indicated that the total number of people able to do this successfully is less than 10%. The best course of action is to visit a physician or pharmacist to set a program for withdrawal in addition to having good resolve and support from friends.

Smokers, start taking steps today to beat the habit! It doesn’t matter if you have just started or have smoked for 30 years, your body will always benefit more when you let it begin to heal properly. Make the first step.

 

American Cancer Society: Crucial Smoking Information National Cancer Institute: Cigarette Smoking and Cancer Forever Free: Steps for After You Quit

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