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Respiratory Diseases

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Non-Smoker vs Smokey Lungs

Smoking

Smoking severely damages your health and contributes to thousands of deaths every year. Cigarettes contain lots of harmful chemicals and these cause damage to the lungs and the heart. See the table below for a list of the main toxic chemicals.

Smoking and Disease

Smoking increases the risk of developing of other diseases. These range from fatal diseases to others that may not be fatal, but can cause years of suffering and unpleasant symptoms. Below are some of the main diseases associated with smoking.

Passive smoking

Smoking is not only harmful to the smoker but can also have a detrimental effect on those around them. Inhaling other peoples' cigarette smoke is called passive smoking. Passive smoking affects people of all ages. It has been linked with the following health problems in: Children and babies: More prone to asthma More prone to ear, nose and chest infections Suffer from wheezing and chronic coughs Have an increased risk of dying from cot death Are more likely than average to become smokers themselves when older Are at an increased risk of developing cancer as adults Adults: Have an increased risk of lung cancer Have an increased risk of heart disease Can make asthma worse Causes irritation to the eyes, nose and throat Smoking and pregnancy: Smoking is also extremely harmful during pregnancy and can lead to: Miscarriage Bleeding during pregnancy Premature birth Low birth weight (Premature and low birth weight babies are more prone to illness and infections.) Congenital defects in the baby Stillbirth or death within the first week of life


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