Tobacco related diseases claim approximately 500.000 European and 400.000 American lives each year.
Some of the adverse health effects include:
Cigarettes contain at least 43 individual cancer-causing chemicals and smoking is directly responsible for almost 90% of all lung cancers.
Smoking causes most of the cases of emphysema and chronic bronchitis.
Smoking during pregnancy accounts for 20–30% of low birthweight infants and up to 14% of preterm births. Approximately 10% of all infant deaths are attributable to smoking.
Although healthy in appearance, full-term infants of smokers have been found to be born with narrowed airways and impaired lung function.
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