Health Watch

By Heather DiLalla
March 25, 2004

Angelina Wagner

Cigarette smoke contains 200 different poisons and 43 of them cause cancer. There is a known chemical in cigarettes called carcinogen that is extremely harmful, however it is ignored because it is in the form of tobacco. If carcinogen were used in any other matter, charges and legal action would most likely be taken.

For years, restaurant businesses have allowed customers to smoke wherever and whenever they wanted to. Not only is smoking cigarettes bad for their health, they have also put people in their surrounding environment in danger as well.

Luckily for non-smokers and children who have no choice, restaurants are beginning to ban or limit smoking. Approximately 22 years ago, most restaurants only had a small non-smoking section. About 10 years ago, smoking and non-smoking sections were divided up equally. It has now gotten to the point where most places will not allow it, or it must stay at the bar.

The World Health Organization estimates that by the year 2030, tobacco will kill 10 million people a year. This number would make it the number one cause of death in the world. Smoking does not only cause cancer risks to the lungs, it is also linked with cancer of the esophagus, kidneys, pancreas, cervix and bladder. It does not matter what kind of cigarette is smoked; they are all very harmful. There is no such thing as a safe cigarette.

Women are more likely to get lung cancer than men even if they are equally exposed to the same amount of smoke. African American’s are more likely to die from lung cancer than people of Caucasian decent. American women will suffer and die more often from lung cancer than any other disease. In fact, it is estimated that 68,800 women will die from lung cancer in 2003 because of cigarette smoking.

Utah has the fewest smokers with only 13.3 percent of adults smoking and having the fewest lung cancer deaths. Kentucky happens to be the largest smoking state with 30.9 percent of adult smokers and the highest death rate.

Posted to the Web by: Scott Fobes

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