New Year’s Resolutions

Premier Physician Network providers answer Frequently Asked Questions about Being Healthier in the New Year.

How is smoking harmful to a person’s health?

With all the healthcare options today, people who want to quit smoking have a variety of choices available to take the steps toward a healthier lifestyle. Smoking is one of the worst things you can choose to do when it comes to your health because it harms almost every organ in the body, causes many diseases and reduces the smokers overall health, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Smoking causes more than 440, 000 deaths – almost one in every five deaths – in the U.S. annually, according to the CDC.

According to the CDC, smoking:

  • Causes coronary heart disease, the leading cause of death in the U.S.
  • Narrows the blood vessels, causing reduced circulation
  • Causes lung diseases, such as emphysema, bronchitis, chronic airway obstruction
  • Causes stroke
  • Causes a variety of types of cancers, which often lead to death

According to the CDC, cancers caused by smoking include:

  • Acute myeloid leukemia
  • Bladder cancer
  • Cervical cancer
  • Esophageal cancer
  • Kidney cancer
  • Cancer of the larynx
  • Lund cancer
  • Mouth cancer
  • Pancreatic cancer
  • Stomach cancer
  • Throat cancer

Smoking also can put people at increased risk of infertility, preterm delivery, stillbirth, having a baby with low birth weight and causing Sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS) of children in a smoker’s home, according to the CDC.

For more information on the hazards associated with smoking, talk with your physician.

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Source: Anessa Alappatt, MD, Fairborn Medical Center; Geetha Ambalavanan, MD, Fairborn Medical Center; Meghan Brewster, MD, Beavercreek Family Medicine; Sally McIntyre, MD, Belmont Physicians; Angelia Mickle, DNP, Jamestown Family Medicine; Cindy Smith, MD, West Carrollton Family Medicine; Dori Thompson, MD, Springboro Family Medicine