During a recent visit from my dad I received some wonderful news. He has been cigarette free for a week and is currently using the nicotine patch to completely quit. This was huge news for me because for as long as I can remember he has been smoking. Smoking cigarettes is not only harmful to the smoker, but also to the people around them. People didn’t always know the truth behind the cigarette, but these days there are a lot of facts one should know before picking up a pack. Of course choosing to smoke is entirely up to you, but I here are some things to think about first-

  • Lead, tar, acetone, and arsenic are just some of the over 7000 chemicals found in tobacco smoke. Acetone is something found in nail polish and arsenic is in rat poison.
  • Every 6 seconds someone dies from a smoking related illness or disease.
  • Each cigarette you smoke reduces your life span by 11 minutes and smokers die 13 to 14 years early than non-smokers.
  • Smoking is linked to different kinds of cancer including but not limited to bladder, kidney, mouth, throat, lung, and stomach cancers.
  • Smoking can also linked to things like infertility, pneumonia, and heart disease.
  • Smoking causes more deaths each year than HIV, illegal drugs, alcohol, murders, suicides, and car accidents combined.
  • Secondhand smoke causes more than 41,000 deaths each year.

Smoking may seem fun, cool, or relieve stress, but there is a lot more behind this habit. I hope this helped you see the other side of cigarettes and gave you an idea of the things smoking cigarettes can do.


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American Lung Association. (n.d.). What’s in a Cigarette?. Retrieved from http://www.lung.org/stop-smoking/smoking-facts/whats-in-a-cigarette.html

Stop My Smoking. (n.d.). Scary Smoking Facts. Retrieved from https://stopmysmoking.com/help-quitting-smoking/scary-smoking-facts/

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Written by Kim Brosius, Peer Educator