Smoking Causes More Than Cancer—You’ll Want To Quit Once You Learn More

September 29, 2017

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The act of smoking takes a wrecking ball to your health. The toxins introduced to your body and the diseases caused by smoking harm almost every organ in the body. Tobacco use remains the largest preventable cause of disease and premature death in the United States.

According to the CDC, more than 10 times as many U.S. citizens have died prematurely from cigarette smoking than have died in all the wars fought by the United States. That’s a pretty sobering statistic.

Most people only think lung cancer when they think of ways smoking might kill you, but the truth is, there are many ways smoking is toxic to your body. Read on to discover just how terrible smoking really is to your overall well being.

1. The Big One

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This is the one everyone thinks of as the big killer when it comes to smoking—and make no mistake, it is.

According to the American Lung Association, men who smoke are 23 times more likely to get lung cancer and women who smoke are 13 times more likely. Nonsmokers who are exposed to secondhand smoke are also at risk, with a 20 to 30% higher risk of developing lung cancer.

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