More than 80% of adult smokers begin smoking before age 18.
While cigarette smoking among youth decreased sharply 20 years ago, it’s again on the rise, which is why the Bureau County Health Department’s Community Partners Against Substance Abuse warns, in graphic detail, the damage smoking and chewing tobacco do to the human body.
Smoking affects nearly every organ and is the cause of nearly one of every five deaths annually in the U.S., more than (HIV), illegal drug use, alcohol use, motor vehicle injuries, suicides, and murders combined. Smoking also causes an estimated 90% of all lung cancer deaths in men and 80% of all lung cancer deaths in women.
Smoking increases the risk of coronary heart disease, stroke, lung cancer and death from bronchitis and emphysema. It can also cause the following cancers: Acute myeloid leukemia and cancer of the bladder, cervix, esophagus, kidney, larynx, lung, mouth, throat, pancreas, pharynx and stomach.
In reproductive women smoking causes infertility, preterm delivery, stillbirth and low birth weight. It can result in sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS) in their babies. Smoking also lowers bone density and increases risk of hip fracture in women.
Smokeless tobacco also causes cancer, as well as gum disease and tooth decay.
Quitting smoking at any age greatly reduces your risk of disease and death, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
For those who need help quitting, the following have proven effective: Advice from a doctor, individual, group or telephone counseling, behavioral therapy, more in-depth personal counseling sessions and programs through smartphone apps. Prescription and over-the-counter medications are also effective.
Counseling and medication used together are more effective than using either one alone, advises the CDC.
Bureau County Health Department
Address: 526 S Bureau Valley Pkwy Suite A, Princeton, IL 61356
Phone: (815) 872-5091