If we were to ask you which disease is the leading cause of death among smokers, what would be your answer? Obviously, your first guess, at least for most of you, would probably be lung cancer, and you would be 100% wrong. Although both lung cancer and COPD are leading causes of premature death among people who indulge in cigarettes, the fact of the matter is that heart disease takes the charge in terms of the highest fatality rate. Let’s take a closer look and find out why cigarette hurt your ticker more than your bellows.
Now Docking in Disease Central
Take this into consideration:
Researchers discovered that, worldwide, in the year 2000, 1,690,000 smokers died from heart disease, while 850,000 smokers died from lung cancer. Meanwhile, an additional 118,000 people died from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), another common illness among smokers. That means that more people suffer from heart failure than the deadly diseases of the lungs combined.
Remember, cigarettes are filled with over 7,000 different toxins, each deadlier and nastier than the first, so you can probably see why the heart suffers so much. However, the fact of the matter is that a smoker’s body is lingering on the brink of contracting a wide variety of illnesses, not just heart disease or cancer.
Lots and Lots of Trouble
Here’s a closer look at some other diseases and inconveniences tobacco can trigger in various parts of your body:
- Brain: Stroke, changes in brain chemistry, anxiety
- Eyes: Stinging/watery eyes, macular degeneration, cataracts
- Thyroid: Graves’ disease, cancer
- Skin: Severe wrinkles, early aging
- Mouth/Throat: Cancer, sore throat, poor taste, poor smell
- Lungs: Cancer, COPD, black sputum, severe cough, pneumonia
- Stomach: Duodenal ulcers, cancer, aortic aneurysm
Seeking Treatment for Cigarette Use
Remember that addiction can be triggered by one shot of alcohol or a single puff of a cigarette, but the true danger of this sickness is that you cannot fully determine how much you have to consume before your mind forms an attachment. Social smoking is just as dangerous as chronic smoking, on many levels, but you do not have to smoke to have a good time. Remember, drugs cannot determine if you have fun and do not have control over your life.
If you are suffering from a severe case of drug abuse or addiction, or have a friend or loved one who is coping with this illness, get in touch with Asana Recovery today. Our professional team of counselors and healthcare experts will help you endure the painful process of alcohol withdrawal and detox and guide you along the rocky road of rehabilitation. Soon enough, you will experience a faster and much more efficient recovery.
If you want to find out more about our residential treatment or supervised detoxification/withdrawal programs or enroll in one of these programs today, we are ready and waiting to speak with you at your leisure and your disclosure. Call Asana now at (949) 438-4504 to learn how you can overcome your mental illness and take an extra step toward becoming a healthier person.