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Smoking, Alcohol and Drugs

            How would you feel if you a loved one were killed? Would you want retribution or would having killer in prison be enough? This question has been asked many times but people are not in agreement with the ultimate punishment because there are times when people get killed because of smoking, drinking alcohol and taking drugs which of course are things they are very much aware of and there isn"t much that can be done besides crying and feeling sad for what has happened.
             Smoking is a greater cause of death and disability than any single disease. It is responsible for approximately 3.5 million deaths worldwide every year - or about 7% of all deaths. Tobacco smoking is a known or probable cause of approximately 25 diseases, and even the WHO says that its impact on world health is not fully assessed. Studies show that smokers in their 30s and 40s are five times more likely to have a heart attack than non-smokers. Tobacco contributes to the hardening of the arteries, which can then become blocked and starve the heart of blood flow, causing the attack. Often, smokers who develop this will require complex and risky heart bypass surgery. If you smoke for a lifetime, there is a 50% chance that your eventual death will be smoking-related - half of all these deaths will be in middle age. Smoking also increases the risk of having a stroke.
             Lung problems another primary health risk associated with smoking are lung cancer, which kills more than 20,000 people every year. US studies have shown that men who smoke increase their chances of dying from the disease by more than 22 times. Women who smoke increase this risk by nearly 12 times. Lung cancer is a difficult cancer to treat - long term survival rates are poor. Smoking also increases the risk of oral, uterine, liver, kidney, bladder, stomach, and cervical cancers, and leukemia. Another health problem associated with tobacco is emphysema, which, when combined with chronic bronchitis, produces chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.

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