Monday, February 9, 2009

DON’T SMOKE; AND IF YOU DO, STOP!

There are many great reasons to quit. Stopping smoking is better for the skin and prevents pregnancy complications. Mothers must also remember that children of smokers are at greater risk of developing asthma and ear infections, and more likely to copy behavior later in life.

>Smoking is the single largest preventable cause of disease and premature death. It is a prime factor in heart disease, stroke, and chronic lung disease. It can cause cancer of the lungs, larynx, esophagus, mouth and bladder and contributes to cancer of the cervix, pancreas and kidneys.

>There are more than 4,000 toxic or carcinogenic chemicals in cigarette smoke.

>Not surprisingly, lung cancer has overtaken breast cancer as the leading cause of cancer death among women in many countries.

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