Smoking is a health hazard because so many people lose their lives due to smoking-related diseases. Smoking affects different parts of your body such as the heart, lungs, and brain. The chemicals and poisons in cigarettes can cause emphysema, bronchitis, heart disease, heart attacks, stroke, and cancer. Also 90% of the people who get cancer of the mouth and throat get it because they used tobacco. Tobacco use also makes asthma and pneumonia harder to treat.
Tobacco use can cause aneurysms or blot clots in your brain, both of which can lead to a stroke. Tobacco-related blood clots in your legs often move to your lungs. You may also suffer from peripheral vascular disease, which is poor blood flow in your legs and arms, advises the American Cancer Society. Female tobacco users have greater risks of miscarriage, stillbirth and premature labor. Babies born to smokers and smokeless tobacco users may suffer from low birth weight or cleft lips, and have increased risk of sudden infant death syndrome.
Environmental Tobacco Smoke (ETS) or secondhand smoke contains the same poisons that you inhale when you smoke. These include such chemicals as formaldehyde, arsenic, cyanide, radioactive compounds, benzene and carbon monoxide.
The growing processing and smoking of tobacco have major negative impacts on our local and global environments. The growing of tobacco involves the use of large amounts of fertilizers, herbicides and pesticides. Many of these are toxic and some contain known carcinogens. There is the land used to grow the crops all over the world that could be put to better use by planting more trees or food for starving children in third world countries. It also takes a lot of trees to produce and package cigarettes. Cigarette manufacturing uses four miles of paper an hour just for rolling and packaging cigarettes. One tree is wasted for every three hundred cigarettes produced.
The pollution caused by cigarettes does not stop in our bodies or the air; it also affects the land we live on and the water that we drink. Millions of cigarette butts are discarded onto the ground every day. The only way to stop them from harming the environment is to stop buying their products. Quitting smoking is hard, but it can be done and it’s not only about the harm smokers are doing to their own bodies, it’s also about the harm they are doing to the earth and the pain that they are causing their friends and families.