Smoking harms nearly every organ of the body; causing many diseases and reducing the health of smokers in general. The adverse health effects from cigarette smoking account for an estimated 438,000 deaths or nearly 1 of every 5 deaths, each year in the United States. More deaths are caused each year by tobacco use than all deaths from human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), illegal drug use, alcohol use, motor vehicle injuries, suicides and murders.
The three leading causes of death attributable to tobacco use are cardiovascular disease (heart and circulatory system); cancer and respiratory disease.
Secondhand smoke is a complex mixture of gases and particles that include smoke from the burning cigarette, cigar or pipe tip (side-stream smoke) and exhales mainstream smoke. Secondhand smoke contains at least 250 chemicals known to be toxic, including 50 that can cause cancer.
Nicotine is the highly addictive drug in tobacco. People who smoke are both physiologically and psychologically dependent. This is the reason that quitting tobacco is so difficult. The person who wants to quit smoking has to deal with the intense craving for nicotine (physiological dependence) as well as changing the automatic behavior of lighting up a cigarette after work, after a meal or when feeling stressed.
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