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We werent made for smoking and neither was our environment By now almost everyone knows that smoking and other tobacco use causes cancer But did you know its also the number one cause of heart disease and emphysema too In fact smoking is the main cause of preventable death in Canada Cigarette smoking also has a heavy impact on the worlds natural environment You can guess what cigarette smoke does to the air in a room That first puff you take and afterward you get addicted to it for life When you use tobacco the effects on your body are immediate Your pulse increases Breathing becomes faster and more shallow Circulation begins to drop A cocktail of more than 4000 substances - more than 50 of them cancer- causing - hits your lungs Poisonous compounds like carbon monoxide hydrogen cyanide and ammonia gas enter your bloodstream Meanwhile nicotine begins to feed the cycle of addiction Research shows that if you use tobacco youre more susceptible to physical injury A study by the US Army found that heavy smokers were twice as likely to be injured while exercising as non- smokers Physically-fit smokers broke bones and sprained ankles more often that similarly fit non-smokers And the more the soldiers smoked the more likely they were to develop blisters on 160-km marches Amount smoked Injury rate Non-smokers 20 per cent 1-10 cigarettes per day 35 per cent 10 or more cigarettes per day 40 per cent It isnt just soldiers and it isnt just young people who face a higher risk of injury Older women who smoke for example get more hip fractures Researchers at St Bartholomews Hospital and the Royal London School of Medicine in the UK reported recently that of all hip fractures one in eight is attributed to smoking The risk of hip fractures is 17 per cent higher for smokers than non-smokers
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