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Cigarette Smoking Cecil Textbook of Medicine 19th ed 1992 Print Smoking cigarettes is one of the main risk factors associated with atherosclerosis The chance of having atherosclerosis decreases with how little one smokes or if one does not smoke at all In addition to atherosclerosis of the large coronary arteries cigarette smokers characteristically have occlusive disease of the leg arteries There is a mean increase of approximately 70 percent in the death ratein males who smoke more than one pack of cigarettes per day compared with nonsmokers 296 Premature death is highly associated with smoking This is the only source that did not have an understanding of why smoking caused an increased chance of atherosclerosis- seeing as it was printed nearly twenty years ago However this source along with every other source discussed the relationship between smoking and atherosclerosis This source would be best for a student needing a brief understanding of atherosclerosis and how smoking can cause it Harris Jeffery E Cigarette Smoke Components and Disease Cigarette Smoke Is More Than a Triad of Tar Nicotine and Carbon Monoxide Smoking and Tobacco Control Monograph Vol 7 1996 59-75 PDF Smoking harms every part of the body It can cause cancer lung diseases and heart and blood vessel diseases and harms the reproductive system Jeffery Harris tells that cigarette smoking is the major cause of lung cancer in the United States accounting for 90 percent of cases in men and 79 percent in women 61 Chronic Obstructive Lung Disease COLD is mainly caused by smoking eighty-four percent of COLD deaths in men and seventy-nine percent in women are because of smoking 62 When the smoke enters the lungs it mutates the cells Cigarette smoke is toxic to the cilia that line the central breathing passages These cilia in combination with mucus secretions defend against deep inhalation of foreign material Smoking also induces many abnormalities in the inflammatory and immune systems within the lung In
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