People Start, Get Diseases, & Stop

By Angel Chavez

Be Smart Don't Start

9 out of 10 smokers usually start smoking before their 18, and the average age that kids start smoking is 13. About 3,500 teens under 18 start smoking everyday. Teens that have friends/family that smoke are more likely to start smoking then teens that don't. 9 out of 10 teens that smoke say that they started smoking because it makes them feel more independent, look older or more interesting. Its rare to for a person over 18 to start smoking but it happens. Adults usually start smoking because of they think it will relive them of stress.

Cancer Cures Smoking

Top 3 Diseases Caused By Smoking


• 1. Cancer: More than 150,000 people died last year die to lung cancer in the United States. Smoking is also known to cause a lot of other cancers. Including but are not limited to: leukemia, cancer of the mouth and throat, cancer of the gullet, and cancer of the kidneys.


•2. COPD (Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease): COPD is a serious lung condition which kills 25,000 people in the UK every year. In the United States, COPD is currently the fourth leading cause of death, and as with lung cancer, 80% of cases are caused by smoking. The disease is extremely unpleasant and death usually only occurs after several years of suffering.


•3 Heart Disease: Heart Disease kills more people than any other disease. For example, more than 120,000 people die from heart disease each year in the UK. In the United States, with an estimated 800,000 dying from heart disease yearly. Once again, many of these deaths are due to smoking.


Conditions due to smoking:

Asthma

Colds and flu
Respiratory infections
Multiple sclerosis

Be A Fighter, Put Out The Lighter

As any former smoker can attest, quitting isn’t easy. The American Cancer Society says about 70 percent of smokers want to quit, and about 40 percent make an attempt to stop smoking each year. A loot of people ask, why is it so hard to stop? It is because of Nicotine, Nicotine is a addictive drug that naturally occurs in tobacco. When you puff on a cigarette, you inhale nicotine in the smoke and it then spreads through your body. Nicotine interferes with communication between nerve cells. The result is a relaxing, pleasant feeling that makes you want to smoke more. Only about 1.3 million Americans are able to stop smoking each year.