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Smoking Facts You Need to Know

As a result of research, smoking facts related to health are well established, whilst in our grandparents’ day, many facts about smoking were unknown. In fact, previous generations were completely unaware of the links between smoking and ill health. Unfortunately, many people subsequently became addicted to nicotine. Once the truth came out and began to hit the headlines, it was difficult for professionals, cigarette manufacturers and smokers to accept and a great deal of misinformation became available.
Now, however, we do know the facts about smoking. Despite this, a surprising number of people still take up the habit and the percentage of young smokers is quite alarming.
Interestingly, the first concerns about the dangers of smoking were voiced as far back as 1858, when fears about its effect on health were raised in the Lancet. However, it wasn’t until 1950 that the connection with cancer was first made and, as we know, some considerable time before that claim was accepted as the truth.
Smoking is by far the biggest cause of home fires, yet tobacco companies aren’t prepared to make safer cigarettes, despite having the technology to do so. And it’s not just smokers who die in the fires, but also their families, including children, and even some of the firefighters who try to save them.
Around 5 million people worldwide die every year because of diseases caused by smoking and many of them will experience months or years of debilitating illness first. Dutch researchers discovered that young people are about 4 times more likely to take up smoking if their parents both smoke. More teenage girls smoke than do boys in the same age group, about 24% of fifteen year old girls as opposed to 16% of boys. And the younger a person starts, the more likely she is to die prematurely as a direct result of smoking.
The incidence of minor illnesses is also increased in smokers, due to the immune system being compromised. In fact smoking affects just about every part of the human body. And it’s likely to shorten you life by anything from 10 to 20 years.