Smoking - The Actual Facts

By: Meghan Roy
Westgate CVI
Thunder Bay, ON

Did you know that recent research has shown that tobacco smoke (also known as ETS) can cause lung cancer?

Throughout this article you will read the facts of smoking and just what it can do to a person's body. Throughout the years scientists and doctors have been researching the side effects of smoking. It has been clinically proven that EST is the main cause of lung cancer. Along with cancer smoking causes respiratory diseases in children which effects them throughout life.


Researchers feel that EST is the reason why young children develop asthma, respiratory infections and decreased lung function. Adults who smoke are expected to be a victim to lung cancer and may end up dying of heart disease all because of the need for nicotine. Smoking doesn't just harm the person taking each puff, but if a pregnant mother smokes it is believed that the baby is at risk for health problems and even death.

The nicotine inside cigarettes is the main reason why people don't want to quit, but what they don't seem to realize is that this nicotine is the thing that may kill them. More than 400,000 deaths in the USA alone are smoke related. More than 4000 babies die each year because the mother that was suppose to protect them ended up killing them by smoking while she was pregnant. People who inhale second hand smoke are likely to be sick more often and the worst part of it is that they aren't even the people smoking. Parents with teens who both smoke should see that their teen's smoking is probably due to the fact that they have witnessed it while their were younger. People who smoke often experience what is known as "smoker's cough". This will go away once a person quits smoking.

Quitting smoking is not an easy process, but it is also not an impossible task. Quitting smoking cuts the risk of lung cancer, many other cancers, heart disease, stroke, other lung diseases, and other respiratory illnesses. Ex-smokers have better health than current smokers. Ex-smokers have fewer days of being ill, fewer health complaints, and less bronchitis and pneumonia than in current smokers. A bonus to quitting smoking is the fact that you will save money. It has been shown that a person who smokes a pack a day and quits will save around 1000 dollars a year.

How to Quit Smoking -

  • Write down the negative effects of smoking
  • Think positively
  • Get plenty of exercise
  • Keep yourself busy
  • Chew nicotine gum
  • Wear a nicotine patch
  • Drink more fluids

Experts say the best thing to do when it comes to smoking is to quit before you even start.