Health Risks of Tobacco

Health Risks of Tobacco

With so much research and facts known today about the health risks of smoking it is amazing that the question “why stop smoking?” is still asked. Its universally agreed upon at this point that smoking cigarettes is one of the most unhealthiest activities that anyone at any age can participate in. Historically people have developed their smoking habit in their teen years. As teens people started smoking because it was perceived to be “cool” or they felt it made them rebellious. Most teens do not think about their future when it comes to health so they don’t take smoking a serious as they should. Since smoking cigarettes is highly addictive most teens will take their smoking habit with them into adulthood.

As a cigarette smoker gets older the reasons why stop smoking pile up and become more of a reality with every passing day. Lung cancer, emphysema, and heart disease are just a few of the many issues that can be caused by smoking cigarettes. Lung cancer has been especially linked to smoking cigarettes. A smoker is 23 times more likely to develop a malignant growth in the lungs than a non-smoker. Emphysema has also been linked primarily to smoking and is even more a factor for men 55 years or older that have spent a good majority of their life smoking cigarettes. 

I am almost sure that you already heard and know some of the common effects of smoking cigarettes. With all the anti-smoking campaigns that have been going on since the past years, how can you not be aware.


Tobacco use is very common among blue-collar workers. Workers doing physical labor for hours on end need something to help get them through the day. “It is not uncommon to see blue-collar workers smoking a pack of cigarettes every day here in North Dakota with our harsh winter weather,” said a spokesman for a local painting company in Williston, ND:


In view of the undisputed health hazards and cosmetic disadvantages (smelly hair & clothes, bad breath), tobacco advertising needs to be very powerful to make us brush aside personal sensitivities and sound judgement.

How do they do it? Cigarette advertisers employ the latest psychological techniques of mass persuasion to influence thinking and behaviour. The advertiser does not promote the benefits or merits of smoking, but rather the associated glittering images, fantasies, and our needs for affection, companionship. For the impressionable and the unwary it often works! Cigarette manufacturers, by constant advertising, would have us believe that smoking is a normal activity of most people. In fact, cigarette smokers are in the minority.


One purpose of advertising is to capture new customers. In the case of the tobacco industry, future profit is assured only if young people are lured into starting the habit. Evidence suggests that a person not smoking by the age of 20 years is unlikely to start, while an adolescent who smokes a second cigarette has a 70% probability.

Sports Sponsorship: Though cigarette smoking lowers sporting performance, and is discouraged by coaches, many sporting clubs seem happy to accept tobacco companies as benefactors. Cigarette companies know that a persuasive message is more effective when the target audience is not aware of the true purpose. Sports sponsorship is just another ‘soft sell’ to make the company – and therefore its product – acceptable.


The truth is that cigarettes only raise the smoker to a level that will allow normal functioning. Non-smokers are at this level all the time!


The World Health Organization feels that within 20 years, addicted persons and states that in its opinion the tobacco industry’s irresponsible behavior. The World Health Organization recommends to all governments that there should be a total prohibition of all forms of tobacco promotion.


Were tobacco introduced today as a new product, it would not meet the health standards now expected to protect the consumer. Compare the extensive warnings on substances such as aspirin with the vague warning on cigarette packets. Cigarette labels should at least warn of the dangers of long term use, the possibility of addiction, and against continued use by people who have heart or chest complaints, or circulatory problems. Have health departments and consumer organizations been too soft in this matter?

Tobacco Use and Its Affects on Your Health