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Negative Consequences of Smoking

Smoking has been proven to have a negative effect on one’s health and the health of others exposed to second hand smoke. Cigarette smoke contains over 4,800 chemicals and 69 of those are known to cause cancer. Here are a few of the chemicals in tobacco smoke, and the other places they are found in the environment:

ü  Acetone – found in nail polish remover

ü  Acetic Acid –  an ingredient in hair dye

ü  Ammonia – a common household cleaner

ü  Arsenic – used in rat poison

ü  Benzene – found in rubber cement

ü  Butane – used in lighter fluid

ü  Cadmium – active component in battery acid

ü  Carbon Monoxide – released in car exhaust fumes

ü  Formaldehyde – embalming fluid

ü  Hexamine – found in barbecue lighter fluid

ü  Lead – used in batteries

ü  Napthalene – an ingredient in moth balls

ü  Methanol – a main component in rocket fuel

ü  Nicotine – used as insecticide

ü  Tar – material for paving roads

ü  Toluene - used to manufacture paint

Tobacco wrecks your health. Smoking harms almost every organ in the body. It is the main cause of lung cancer and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. It also causes coronary heart disease and stroke..

tobacco buttonSay no to smoking because it ruins your looks. Tobacco causes premature aging and skin wrinkles.  Smokers who develop skin cancer are more likely to die of the disease than nonsmokers.

Tobacco is bad for your social life. Smokers more than double the risk of cavities and oral cancers. Smoking odors linger in clothing, hair, furniture, and auto.

It is never too late to quit smoking. According to the American Lung Association as soon as you quit smoking, your body begins the series of changes for healing and recovery that will continue for years.