• List of Preventable Diseases acquired through Smoking and SHS

    In Canada, smoking tobacco is most common with teens than adults. There has been large number of smokers among native Canadians, people with low income, gay population, and gamblers. Second hand smoke, however; is acquired at home, vehicles, and patios. The sad thing is that, health effects of smoking do not choose any age. People involved in such situations are actually at risk with a wide variety of dangerous diseases; some may cause death.

    The following are possible health effects to first hand smokers and second hand smokers. It should be noted that smokers are 23 times at risk with these disease than those involved in passive exposure.

    Respiratory – problems in the respiratory may occur as nicotine clogs air passages and settles in some parts of the lungs, destroying the alveoli.
    • Acute respiratory   infections
    • Severe asthma
    • Bronchitis
    • Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD)
    • Emphysema
    • Reduce respiratory function
    Cancer– tobacco smoke contains 4000 chemicals, 40 of which are carcinogens that destroy healthy cells in the body
    • Cancer of the bladder, esophagus, larynx, and kidney
    • Brain tumor
    • Breast cancer in women
    • Cervical cancer
    • Leukemia especially on kids
    • Lung cancer
    • Lymphoma on kids
    • Cancer of the oral cavity, throat, and uterus
    Cardiovascular disease – smoking decrease the High Density Lipoprotein (HDL) in the body, thus; decreasing the oxygen that goes up to the heart while increasing blood pressure and heart rate.

    • Abdominal aortic aneurysm
    • Atherosclerosis
    • Coronary heart diseases
    • Peripheral vascular disease
    • Stroke and heart attack
    Pregnancy – smoke affects women fertility, as well as the growth and development of the baby during pregnancy
    • Infertility in women
    • Placenta previa
    • Preterm delivery
    • Stillbirth
    • Sudden Infant Death Syndrome
    Other conditions
    • Osteoporosis
    • Premature death in children
    • Surgical complications
    • Ear problems

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