Consuming alcohol and smoking
Alcohol misuse and smoking are major public health problems, placing a heavy burden on society, and affecting a large number of individuals of all ages. Contrary to what many people believe, alcohol, as one of the many health problems, is not a stimulant. It is a depressant. This is why drinking too much often leads to impaired judgment, slurring of the speech, a tendency to violent behavior and loss of short-term memory. Similar to alcohol is smoking. Smoking is the inhalation of the smoke of burning tobacco encased in cigarettes, pipes, and cigars. Casual smoking is the act of smoking only occasionally, usually in a social situation or to relieve stress. Major diseases caused by smoking
We all know smoking is bad for our health. Most people know that smoking can cause lung cancer, but it can also cause many other cancers and illnesses. Smoking directly causes over 100,000 deaths in the UK each year and contributes too many more. Of these deaths, about 42,800 are from smoking-related cancers, 30,600 from cardiovascular disease and 29,100 die slowly from emphysema and other chronic lung diseases. Cigarettes contain more than 4000 chemical compounds and at least 400 toxic substances. When you inhale, a cigarette burns at 700°C at the tip and around 60°C in the core. This heat breaks down the tobacco to produce various toxins. On average, each cigarette shortens a smoker's life by around 11 minutes. Of the 300 people who die every day in the UK as a result of smoking, many are comparatively young smokers. The number of people under the age of 70 who die from smoking-related diseases exceeds the total figure for deaths caused by breast cancer, AIDS, traffic accidents and drug addiction. Cardiovascular disease is the main cause of death due to smoking. Hardening of the arteries is a process that develops over years, when cholesterol and other fats deposit in the arteries, leaving them narrow, blocked or rigid. When...
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