So we all know that smoking is bad for you, it has been plastered on every box of cigarettes and in every form of advertising for the last decade, to the point that many smokers are now immune to the various pictures and messages on the front of the box of cigarettes.But it continues to surprise people how bad it actually is, with new evidence coming out that that it is killing more people then anyone thought. In an article by the NY times a recent study is examined, with shocking results.
The latest surgeon general’s report on the health effects of smoking — issued at the 50th anniversary of the pathbreaking 1964 report — offers astonishing new evidence of just how much harm tobacco is causing. Despite the many gains in reducing risks over the past half-century, researchers keep finding new and insidious ways in which smoking is harming the smokers themselves and nonsmokers who breathe in toxic fumes.
The report, finds that cigarette smoking kills even more Americans than previously estimated (about 480,000 a year, up from 443,000), and is a cause, though not necessarily the major cause, of even more diseases than previously recognized, including liver and colorectal cancers. These add to the long list of other cancers caused by smoking, as well as rheumatoid arthritis and other ailments. The report newly identifies exposure to secondhand smoke as a cause of strokes.
The report estimates that smoking costs the United States between $289 billion and $333 billion a year for medical care and lost productivity, well above the previous estimate of $193 billion.
Most shocking, the report finds that today’s smokers have a much higher risk for lung cancer and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease than smokers in 1964, despite smoking fewer cigarettes.
Although this article's focus on the USA, it still shows a worrying growth in the deaths attributed to smoking. The problem is that this seems so big that it doesn't apply to the individual. Almost half a million people are dying every year, and bear in mind that there are 18 million smokers in the USA, that means that almost 3% die. And of course that is just in the USA, in total millions die each year for no good reason. If this was just 100 people and 3 of them kept on getting ill and dying, it would seem obvious that this should be stopped.
And of course the worst is that it can be stopped, not even by forcing those people to stop, just switching to a product that doesn't have all that poison in, just the nicotine.
The article also raises the point of productivity and the amount that is wasted is huge, but on a more personal level, how much more could get done if the all the smokers didn't stop working for 10 minutes every hour or two to feed their addiction? Even if there are only 2 smokers in a office who each only take 25 minutes a day for smoking, that's over four hours a week saved!
The e-cigarette then is the answer to a lot of different problems, and not just the massive health one, but the benefit of a more productive and happy people.
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