Cigarette smoking causes 1 of every 5 deaths in Australia according to the centre of disease control and prevention. 269,655 deaths annually by men and 173,940 death annually by women. Isn’t this appalling ?. How can something so small cause great damage ? .If it is that bad , why is it being overhyped and so common?
The real question is , what is smoking ? .Smoking is simply inhalation and exhalation of the fumes from the actual burning of the tobacco in the cigarette.
What does it do ?
Tobacco in itself contains nicotine which is a poisonous alkaloid. According to the medical researches , General Practitioners and Health Researches , a smoker has a significantly greater chance of lung cancer than a non smoker depending on factors such as the number of cigarettes smoked and the number of years being exposed to it. According to the same sources and statistical evidence , being a primary smoker causes chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and other cardio-vascular diseases.
Even though smoking is a bad habit and affects an individual in may ways such as mentally , psychology and socially , ethical and social implications have been put into place. Socially , support groups have been introduced for smokers in order for support and counselling. Another great aspect is the Frame work Convention of Tobacco Control. This is a treaty adopted by the World Health Organisation in 2003 that deals with marketing of tobacco products.The ethical side is simply that smokers are not only harming themselves but others around them to who are exposed to it.
Smoking is a silent killer . Is it really worth it all?