World No Tobacco Day is observed in May and sponsored by the WHO Prevention for Noncommunicable Diseases, Noncommunicable Diseases and Mental Health.
World No Tobacco Day is an annual awareness day sponsored by the World Health Organization since 1987 to highlight the health risks associated with tobacco use and encourage governments to adopt effective policies to reduce smoking and other tobacco use. According to the World Health Organization, tobacco use kills nearly 6 million people around the world each year. In the United States, tobacco use is the largest preventable cause of death and disease. It causes many types of cancer, as well as heart disease, stroke, lung disease, and other health problems.
We all know that smoking is bad for you. You might be surprised, however, at just how bad it can be. Smoking negatively impacts just about every organ in the body, is associated with a multitude of disease and impaired conditions, and is behind nearly one in five deaths in the United States each year. Let's take a look at some of smoking's ill effects.
Eyes: Smokers are at greater risk for diseases that can lead to blindness, including cataracts, optic nerve damage and age-related macular degeneration.
Heart: Tobacco smoke contains harmful chemicals that prevent the heart from functioning properly and also damage red blood cells, putting smokers at risk for atherosclerosis (plaque build-up in your arteries), aneurysms (bulging blood vessels that can burst and cause death), cardiovascular disease or peripheral arterial disease.
Lungs: Smoking scars the lungs and impairs breathing. It also causes many respiratory-related problems including asthma, chronic bronchitis, emphysema, pneumonia, tuberculosis, COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease) - causing wheezing, chest tightness, shortness of breath.
Skin: Over time, a smoker's skin becomes less elastic and tends to sag and wrinkle earlier than a nonsmoker's.
Buerger's Disease: Nearly everyone who has Buerger's disease smokes or used to smoke. This disease causes swelling of blood vessels in the arms and legs, leading to blood clots, tissue damage, gangrene and, in some cases, amputation.
Diabetes: Smokers are 30-40 percent more likely than nonsmokers to develop type 2 diabetes.
Hearing: Some studies have shown that smokers are up to 70 percent more likely than nonsmokers to suffer hearing loss. With every puff, smokers ingest chemicals such as formaldehyde, arsenic, vinyl chloride, ammonia and hydrogen cyanide. Some are ototoxic, meaning they impair hearing, cause tinnitus and affect balance.
Gums: Smokers have twice the risk of non-smokers of developing gum disease. In some severe cases, smokers have lost their teeth.
Immune System: Because smoking compromises the immune system, smokers are more likely to have respiratory infections and autoimmune diseases like Crohn's (a chronic inflammatory bowel disease that affects the lining of the stomach) and rheumatoid arthritis.
Sex Life: According to the CDC, smoking is a known cause of erectile dysfunction.
Bones: Smoking increases the risk of osteoporosis, a condition in which bones become weak and are more likely to break.
Cancer: About 70 of the more than 7,000 chemicals found in tobacco smoke are known to cause cancer - and not just lung cancer. Smokers are at increased risk for cancer of the stomach, mouth, throat, kidney, cervic, pancreas and bladder.
World No Tobacco Day Sponsor:
WHO Prevention for Noncommunicable Diseases
Noncommunicable Diseases and Mental Health
To learn more, visit http://www.who.int/tobacco/wntd/en
The awareness color for Smoking Cessation is Brown.
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