10 Interesting Facts About Smoking

There is a popular saying that smoking is injurious to health. Despite its adverse impacts, the trend of smoking is increasing day by day. People are smoking cigarettes irrespective of their age and gender. Many people especially adolescents believe that they will not be accepted in their respective group of friends if they don’t try smoking. It means that peer pressure has a great impact on the increasing trend of smoking. Other reasons include mental health issues, stress, depression, failed relationships, etc. There are several interesting facts about smoking that have been mentioned in this article. Let’s scroll further to know the details.Smoking Facts

1. Number of Smokers

Despite several side effects, the number of smokers all over the world is infinite. According to the various reports of WHO (World Health Organization), there are more than one billion smokers all over the world and this trend is increasing year by year. It has been reported that if this rising trend continues there will be more than 1.5 billion smokers by the end of 2025.

2. Several Diseases

Smoking does not only cause lung cancers but can cause several other diseases like throat cancer, mouth cancer, heart attack, cardiac arrest, lung diseases, bronchitis, blood cancer, colon cancer, cervix cancer, bleeding gums, tooth decay, arthritis, high blood pressure, and many more. All these diseases can prove fatal if timely actions are not taken. So, it is really important to avoid smoking to reduce the risk of all these above factors. If the person cannot quit then he/she must limit the intake to reduce the adverse impact.

3. Highest Smoking Rates

According to the reports of the World Health Organization, Nauru has the highest smoking rate of 52.1% in the entire world followed by Kiribati, Tuvalu, Maynmar, Chile, Lebanon, Serbia, Bangladesh, Greece, and Bulgaria. In Nauru, the women smokers are 52.6% while the men are 51.7%. Apart from all the above places, the rate of smoking is increasing all over the world.

4. Minimum Age in America

The minimum age in America for the purchase, possession and smoking of tobacco is 21 years which is applicable to all parts of America irrespective of its several states or territories after the federal law was passed and signed by then American President Donald Trump in 2019. Before 2019, the minimum age for the purchasing of tobacco was different in every state and territory of America.

5. Reproductive Health

It has been noted that the habit of smoking affects the reproductive health of both men and women to a great extent. Women who smoke a lot, have a high risk of getting several troubles while getting pregnant. They face several issues related to conceiving babies, miscarriages, stillbirth, birth defects, sudden infant death syndrome, and many more. Due to all reasons, the doctors strictly recommend avoiding smoking while pregnancy. In the case of men, smoking can cause erectile dysfunction, reduce sperm count, and causes infertility. If you are planning to have a baby, it is highly recommended to quit smoking to ensure the success rate of conceiving the baby.

6. Harmful Behaviour

Smoking leads to the addiction to nicotine that affects the normal functioning of the brain that leads to aggression, mood swings, lack of concentration, impulsive behavior, and many more. It has been seen that people especially adolescents who are excessively involved in the smoking of tobacco are also involved in the consumption of alcohol and drugs. Such people are more likely to get involved in a robbery, theft, verbal and physical fights, violence, abuses, suicides, and several other mental health issues.

7. Life Expectancy

It is believed that the average life expectancy of a smoker is less than 10-15 years in comparison to a non-smoker. This is because smoking is injurious to health and causes several health issues that can be proved fatal for the health. Smoking not only impacts the mental health of an individual but also affects physical health by causing several health issues like cardiac arrest, lung cancer, throat cancer, blood cancer, colon cancer, cataract, bronchitis, high blood pressure, diabetes, infertility, etc.

8. Chemical Compounds

It has been found that there are more than 7000 types of chemicals present in a cigarette and out of all these 7000 chemicals more than 100 chemicals are the ones that cause cancers or related diseases that can affect the health of a person to a great extent.

9. Deaths

According to several surveys and reports, more than 7 million deaths occur in a year due to smoking and it is believed that the number might increase to 8 million by the end of 2030. This is related to several physical and mental health issues that occur due to excessive smoking. Statistics show that every year, more than 480,000 Americans die due to smoking and the number is increasing by every year. Out of this, more than 40000 people die as a result of secondhand smoking.

10. Immune System

Smoking affects the immune system of the person and causes several chronic and fatal diseases. The overall health of the person degrades and the person gets prone to several infections, diseases, allergies, and many more. So, due to all these facts, it is advisable to keep a check on your smoking habit and get yourself regularly checked by doctors.

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