I don't think that most people are fully aware of the consequences of smoking. So, let me present some enlightening facts about this terrible addiction.. AGAIN.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is now the third leading cause of mortality in the United States.
What's disturbing to me about this ranking is that COPD is also the most preventable disease, since approximately 85% of COPD diagnoses are attributed to smoking.
But, that's not even the half of it when it comes to smoking.
If one also includes just how much smoking contributes the the number one and two leading causes of death in the United States (Heart Disease and Cancer), and includes other deaths caused by smoking-related fires and accidents, then it's easy to see that smoking-related mortality is more sinister than is often reported.
And this data doesn't even include the negative affects smoking has on morbidity!
The sad fact is that nothing good comes from smoking. If you smoke, you're seriously at risk of living a less enjoyable life and dying much sooner (and more horribly) than you may think. Not to mention the high financial costs and consequences associated with smoking.
Is becoming a smoker really worth the inevitable consequences? I don't think so.
Hopefully, being aware of these unfortunate facts will serve as motivation for you to quit smoking, or to never to take up this disgusting, costly, and deadly habit in the first place.