It has been known since the 1950s that the health effects of smoking cigarettes are devastating and include directly causing lung cancer.

There is overwhelming medical and scientific consensus that smoking cigarettes also causes, heart disease, stroke, emphysema and more than 50 other different diseases and disorders, many fatal.

Half of all long term cigarette smokers are likely to be killed by the harmful effects of cigarette smoking, losing an average of 16 years of life.

Every cigarette shortens your life by 14 minutes.

The number of people under 70 years of age dying from diseases as a result of the effects of smoking cigarettes exceeds the total figure for deaths caused by breast cancer, AIDS, traffic accidents and drug addiction.

There is no “safe” cigarette.

The Harmful Health Effects of Smoking Cigarettes

  • Smoking cigarettes causes cancer.
  • Smoking cigarettes causes heart disease and stroke. Early signs of these diseases can be found in adolescents who smoke.
  • Cigarette smokers have a lower level of lung function than those persons who have never smoked.
  • Smoking cigarettes reduces the rate of lung growth.
  • Someone who smokes a pack or more of cigarettes each day lives, on average, 7 years less than someone who never smoked.
  • The resting heart rates of young adult cigarette smokers are two to three beats per minute faster than non-smokers.
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