Support Plain Cigarette Packs - Infographic

Continuing on with the viral success of smoking infographics, today's infographic looks at children. Tragically approximately 100,000 people in the UK die every year due to smoking and many unfortunately start smoking at a very young age. Peer pressure plays a huge part in encouraging kids to try smoking along with the attractive cigarette packaging used. But what can be done? Using plain designed packing on cigarette packs is certainly a strong step in the right direction. Please check out the below smoking facts for kids infographic (please share it if you have a blog or website) and support this campaign with us. Together we can help protect our children from smoking.

Smoking facts for kids
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Effects of Smoking - Scary Smoking Facts

Here we've complied a comprehensive list of the effects of smoking on the human body and it doesn't make pleasant reading for the 1.35 billion smokers in the world. In a nut shell, smoking:
  • harms nearly every organ of the body
  • causes many diseases
  • reduces the health of smokers in general
Smoking and Death
  • The adverse health effects from cigarette smoking account for an estimated 443,000 deaths, or nearly one of every five deaths, each year in the United States.
  • More deaths are caused each year by tobacco use than by all deaths from human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), illegal drug use, alcohol use, motor vehicle injuries, suicides, and murders combined.
  • Smoking causes an estimated 90% of all lung cancer deaths in men and 80% of all lung cancer deaths in women.
  • An estimated 90% of all deaths from chronic obstructive lung disease are caused by smoking.
Smoking and Increased Health Risks
Compared with nonsmokers, smoking is estimated to increase the risk of the following:
  • coronary heart disease by 2 to 4 times
  • stroke by 2 to 4 times
  • men developing lung cancer by 23 times
  • women developing lung cancer by 13 times
  • dying from chronic obstructive lung diseases (such as chronic bronchitis and emphysema) by 12 to 13 times.
Smoking and Cardiovascular Disease
  • Smoking causes coronary heart disease, the leading cause of death in the US.
  • Cigarette smoking causes reduced circulation by narrowing the blood vessels (arteries) and puts smokers at risk of developing peripheral vascular disease (i.e., obstruction of the large arteries in the arms and legs that can cause a range of problems from pain to tissue loss or gangrene).
  •  Smoking causes abdominal aortic aneurysm i.e., a swelling or weakening of the main artery of the body (the aorta) where it runs through the abdomen.
Smoking and Respiratory Disease
  • Smoking causes lung diseases (e.g., emphysema, bronchitis, chronic airway obstruction) by damaging the airways and alveoli of the lungs.
Smoking and Cancer
Smoking causes the following cancers:
  • Acute myeloid leukemia
  • Bladder cancer
  • Cancer of the cervix
  • Cancer of the esophagus
  • Kidney cancer
  • Cancer of the larynx (voice box)
  • Lung cancer
  • Cancer of the oral cavity (mouth)
  • Cancer of the pharynx (throat)
  • Stomach cancer
  • Cancer of the uterus
Smoking and Other Health Effects
Smoking has many adverse reproductive and early childhood effects, including increased risk for:
  • infertility,
  • preterm delivery,
  • stillbirth,
  • low birth weight, and
  • sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS)
Smoking is associated with the following adverse health effects:
  • Postmenopausal women who smoke have lower bone density than women who never smoked.
  • Women who smoke have an increased risk for hip fracture than women who never smoked.
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Institute of Medicine

The Facts About Smoking Infographic

This infographic illustrates some simple yet alarming facts about smoking. The most alarming fact we found from this infographic is the average life expectancy of a smoker is the US is 64 years old....14 years of less than a non-smoker! 1.35 billion people smoke worldwide is another crazy smoking fact. No wonder the cigarette companies aren't short of money!

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