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In the United States an estimated 256 million me 252 percent and 226 million women 207 percent are smokers 70 percent of all these smokers say that they want to quit but only about 5 percent succeed Every eight seconds someone in the world dies due to tobacco This translates into 450 people an hour 10800 people a day 3942000 people a year Each year more Americans die from smoking related diseases than die from aids drug abuse car accidents and homicide combined It has been responsible for 16 percent or 1 in 6 of all deaths in the US each year Smoking can cause many different kinds of diseases Some of the most common diseases caused by smoking would be emphysema when the lungs turn black from the tar in the cigarettes and the air sacs inside the lungs loose their elasticity making it harder and harder to breath A victim of emphysema eventually dies from suffocation Lung cancer tar from smoking begins to collect on the mucus membrane paralyzing the cilia hair like structures that otherwise keep air passageways clean Cancer develops in the lungs when to many unnecessary cells begin to grow These cells grow with time eventually causing mass tissue to form otherwise known as a tumor Gangrene which is the death of tissue due to lack of oxygen in the blood Smoking contributes to gangrene because it decreases the amount of available oxygen This happens when hemoglobin carries carbon monoxide instead of oxygen Gangrene can result in the loss of a limbs fingers and toes These diseases are just some of the health problems smoking causes but there are many more such as gingivitis chronic bronchitis chronic obstructive pulmonary disease osteoporosis stroke and heart disease Another negative effect smoking causes is addiction In as little as two weeks nicotine changes the brains chemistry and addiction begins By that time the body is dependant on the substances found in
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