The Risk Factor Of Cigarette Smoking

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The extent of correlation concerning an individual conduct and wellbeing is daunting. I chose to address behavioral risk factor of cigarette smoking. Cigarette smoking is the leading preventable cause of mortality that is responsible for nearly six million deaths worldwide and over 400,000 deaths annually in the United States (World Health Organization, 2011; Chandora, Whitney, Weaver, & Eriksen, 2015). I reside in state of Georgia. According to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC, 2014), 17.4% of Georgia adults were current cigarette smokers and 22.4% were former smokers. Adult male’s cigarette smokers are 21.4% while the females at 13.6%, between race and ethnicity, non-Hispanic white 19.3%, non-Hispanic blacks 14.6% and Hispanics 15.6%. In Georgia, non-Hispanic whites young adults’ ages 25-34 years have the highest prevalence in smoking than any other age groups at 29.5%, while non-Hispanic blacks smoking prevalence highest at age 55-64 years 20.3% (CDC, 2014).

Cigarette smoking is associated with deaths related to cancer, respiratory diseases, cardiovascular disease and smoking cessation reduces the risk of cardiovascular disease; the risk of heart attack and stroke falls considerably after quitting smoking entirely (CDC, 2016). Cigarette smoking account for 10.1% of deaths among Georgia adults Gvinianidze & Tsereteli, 2012). According to Healthy People (HP) 2020 target for current cigarette smokers is 12% (HP, 2016) the state of Georgia cigarette smoking…
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