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SMOKING ON CAMPUS Today as in every other day of the year more than 3000 adolescents in the United States will smoke their first cigarette on their way to becoming regular smokers as adults NCI 1994 A number of students on campus are habitual smokers because smoking is addictive furthermore unless repressed it leads to many health complications The report by the National Cancer Institute on smoking declares that cigarette smoking in the United States clearly outweighs any other factor whether voluntary or involuntary as the cause of death 1 According to a report by US Department of Health and Human Services an estimated 2 million teenagers continue to smoke and more than 100000 youths age 12 and under are habitual smokers Nearly 20 percent of high school seniors smoke cigarettes daily 22 Smoking is a major cause of oral laryngeal and esophageal cancers is a contributory factor in cancers of the bladder kidney and pancreas and may play a role in cancers of the stomach uterus and cervix Each year more people die prematurely from smoking than die from automobile accidents drug abuse AIDS and alcohol combined USDHS 1989 The report by US Department of Health and Human Services suggests cigarette smoking to be responsible for 30 percent of all US cancer deaths--about 145000 each year--and nearly 85 percent of all lung cancers 17 Smoking leads to numerous cardiac complications The USDHS report of 1989 mentions that people who smoke heavily are at twice the risk of dying of heart attack than nonsmokers 18 Narrowing of the coronary arteries that feed the heart causes coronary heart disease a direct consequence of smoking and the most common form of heart disease According to USDHS 30 percent of CHD deaths--about 170000 each year--are attributed to cigarette smoking 18 KHAN 2 Smoking has been found to lead to chronic obstructive lung disease Emphysema which according to the Department of Health causes about 50000 deaths each
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