Smoking is a Major Public Health Problem

732 Words Jan 31st, 2018 3 Pages
It has been proved by many studies to be harmful and deadly. “In the United States alone, more than 440,000 people die annually from the effects of smoking." (The Effects of Smoking). There are several negative effects of smoking on the health and the environment.
Health Issues
Smoking is a major public health problem. According to the Surgeon General’s report, some of the hazard effects of tobacco smoke are directly related to the more than 7,000 chemicals in the smoke. These chemicals are poison and cause damage to the body which leads later to deadly disease. Also, when the smokers inhale the chemicals, it reach quickly to the lung and then transmitted into the blood which carries the chemicals to all parts of the body, such as lungs, blood vessels, and other delicate tissues. Smoking keeps the body weak and under attack because it makes the immune system work extra time. Injuries, infections, and even cancers are responded too by white blood cell which the body makes. “Blood tests show that your white blood cell numbers stay high when you smoke. High numbers means that your body is constantly fighting against the damage caused by tobacco smoke. This constant stress disrupts how your body works. New research shows that stress can lead to disease in almost any part of your body.” (How Tobacco Smoke Causes Disease). In addition, poisons in tobacco smoke can destroy the cell’s instructions (DNA) or change it which leads to the…
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