Public Awareness of Smoking and Tobacco

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Public awareness about the hazards of smoking is increasing, but it is still important to outline the main health problems that are associated with tobacco use. Tobacco smoking is apparently "the most preventable cause of death in the United States," ("Smoking: Health Hazards," 2005). The specific hazards of smoking include damage to the lungs, heart, and brain ("Smoking: Health Hazards," 2005). According to Martin (2008), "There are approximately 4000 chemicals in cigarettes, hundreds of which are toxic." Cigarette smoking is addictive, harmful to physical health, and harmful for public health. Anti-smoking public awareness campaigns are targeted towards young people because smoking tobacco is highly addictive. Nicotine is the primary addictive substance in tobacco ("Smoking: Health Hazards," 2005). Therefore, the potential for addiction is one of the primary hazards of smoking tobacco. In addition to the addictive properties of nicotine, there are many other harmful effects from smoking. Smoking directly causes lung damage and lung disease. Nicotine is only one of the thousands of chemicals in tobacco smoke that are harmful to human beings and non-human species. When cigarettes are smoked, carbon monoxide is created. Carbon monoxide "binds to hemoglobin in red blood cells, preventing affected cells from carrying a full load of oxygen," (Martin, 2008). Lung cancer is caused by smoking, because tobacco does contain carcinogens (Martin, 2008). This is true for all forms
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