How many people die from smoking? Some people might say, “Not much. No statistic says that smoking causes death. I mean, there is nobody who smoked a cigarette and died right away. Is there?”
Is this true? I looked up a fact sheet from the World Health Organization which states the top 10 causes of death in the world. And the top 10 are: (1) coronary heart disease, (2) stroke and other cerebrovascular diseases, (3) lower respiratory infections, (4) chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, (5) diarrheal diseases, (6) HIV/AIDS, (7) tuberculosis , (8) trachea, bronchus, lung cancers, (9) road traffic accidents, and (1) prematurity and low birth weight.
Smoking is not in the list! But let me ask you, is smoking a disease? The answer is no. And in case you didn’t know, smoking causes 7 of the top 10 causes of death in the list above! This puts smoking as the second major cause of death worldwide!
Studies have established that smoking, whether active of passive, increases the risk of acquiring the following diseases: coronary heart disease, stroke, lower respiratory infections, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, HIV susceptibility,
Today, a current or former smoker dies every 6.5 seconds. Every puff of a cigarette is equal to losing 15 minutes of your life. A smoker’s life expectancy is reduced by 2.5 to 10 years.
In the United States, over 443,000 Americans die from smoking. And in 2015, smoking is predicted to kill 6.5 million people.
Now, I ask you this: Can smoking cause death? It definitely can! Smoking kills! Therefore, the only option you have is to quit. Quit smoking now. Choose to live!