10 Surprising Smoking facts

published on: 25th august, 2021

The Effects of Cigarettes on Health and Society

If you're still debating whether or not to give up cigarettes, reconsider. While you may believe that this is a problem that can be dealt with later, the data and facts suggests that time is not on your side.

  • Smoking reduces your life expectancy by 13 years on average.
  • Around 10 million cigarettes are purchased every minute around the world, 15 billion are sold every day, and upwards of six trillion are created and consumed each year.
  • Tobacco smoke contains about 7,000 compounds, more than 250 of which are known to be toxic, 69 of which are known to cause cancer, and 16 of which are classed as Group I carcinogens.
  • Smoking raises the risk of tuberculosis, some eye illnesses, and immune system issues such as rheumatoid arthritis.
  • Smoking is linked to a variety of cancers, including lung cancer. The bladder, blood, bone marrow, cervix, colon, esophagus, kidneys, larynx, liver, mouth, pancreas, rectum, stomach, and throat are among the others.
  • Smoking increases the risk of coronary heart disease and stroke, in addition to cancer.
  • Tobacco kills more than 7 million people every year around the world, with forecasts of 8 million by 2030.
  • A prominent cause of acute myeloid leukemia is benzene. Cigarette smoke is, unsurprisingly, the main source of benzene.
  • Five cigarettes have enough nicotine to kill an average adult if consumed whole. Most smokers inhale 1 to 2 milligrams of nicotine every cigarette, 0.03 milligrams of which is absorbed into the circulation.


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