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Understanding Addiction
“Tobacco use is the leading cause of preventable disease, disability, and death in the United States.”
(Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)

The tobacco industry continues to spend billions of dollars every year on marketing their products every year. At the same time the United States spends billions of dollars paying for the destructive results of smoking.

The health effects are very extensive, and the charts below show only a tiny window into the effects we see from smoking. We do know the younger a person starts smoking the more easily they become addicted and the more difficult it is to stop smoking. There are many products available to help with smoking cessation, yet the truth is that for most people smoking cessation is still going to be difficult even with the various cessation products on the market. Many states have programs that provide cessation products for individuals who are serious about quitting.

For more statistics and information on smoking see:

  • COPD
  • Emphysema
  • Chronic bronchitis
  • Coronary artery disease
  • Stroke
  • Abdominal aortic aneurysm
  • Acute myeloid leukemia
  • Cataracts
  • Pneumonia
  • Periodontitis
    • Bladder
    • Esophagus
    • Larynx
    • Lung
    • Mouth
    • Tongue
    • Throat
    • Cervix
    • Kidney
    • Stomach
    • PancreasCancers of the
  • Infertility
  • Peripheral vascular disease
  • Peptic ulcer disease
  • Blood clots

–  13.2 years for men

– 14.5 years for women

  • Spasm of the airways
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Fever
  • Dry mouth
  • Heartburn and reflux
  • Headaches
  • Lightheadedness
  • Sleep abnormalities
  • Irritability
  • Increased blood pressure
  • Increased heart rate
  • Irregular heart rate
  • Tightness in chest
  • Runny nose
  • Artery constriction in heart
  • Insulin resistance
  • Throat irritation
  • Anxiety
  • Muscle pain
  • Confusion
  • Seizures
  • Exhaustion
  • Tissue damage to airways
  • Headache
  • Nausea
  • Constipation
  • Diarrhea
  • Slow heart rate
  • Low blood pressure
  • Fatigue
  • Drowsiness
  • Insomnia
  • Irritability
  • Difficult concentrating
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Increased hunger
  • Desire for sweets
  • Tobacco cravings
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