Smoking Archive

England to force new smoking ban

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It makes me angry and sad to see children sitting in a car with smoking adults.

The toxic fumes deployed from smoking in a car are 11 times more concentrated than lighting up in an open space.

A Department of Health survey found 300,000 children a year visited GPs in England with problems linked to second-hand smoke.

Passive smoking is linked to respiratory infections such as pneumonia and chest infections in youngsters. It can also trigger asthma attacks and contribute to sudden unexpected infant death. (more…)

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Risks from smoking

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I have recently written some blog posts about the danger of smoking.

Smoking Facts Part 1
Smoking Facts Part 2

In the above picture you can see what smoking does to the body. As you can see on the map below, smoking is concentrated in the eastern portion of the United States.

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More information about smoking from the CDC.

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How to break a bad habit

Do you have a bad habit you want to break? Cookies, ice cream, smoking, etc. This is a short video to help.

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Smoking facts Part 2

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In the previous post I gave you some rather shocking facts about smoking. This time I will give you the geometry part of smoking, which they did in my daughters’ high school class.

If we estimate that a pack of cigarettes cost $4 per pack.

The cost if you smoke one pack per day for:

1 year $1460
5 years $7300
10 years $14,600
20 years $29,200
30 years $43,800

The cost if you smoke two packs per day for:

1 year $2920
5 years $14,600
10 years $29,200
20 years $58,400
30 years $87,600

The cost if you smoke three packs per day for:

1 year $4380
5 years $21,900
10 years $43,800
20 years $87,600
30 years $131,400

A lot of money! Oops, I forgot to include the medical bills.

Even worse, if you buy a pack of cigarettes in Sweden you have to nearly double it because here a pack is about $7.50. Imagine saving $2737 instead of smoking one pack a day in one year or saving $8212 instead of smoking three packs a day in one year.

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Smoking facts part 1

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I have told you that it is very dangerous to smoke, haven’t I? But, did you know these smoking facts from the U.S.A.?

• 20% of high school kids are currently smokers
• 4000 kids try smoking for the first time each day
• Of the 1000 kids who start smoking each day, 35% will die from smoking
• 15.5 million kids are exposed to second hand smoke at home each day
• 800 million packs of cigarettes are smoked by kids each year
• 427,000 people die each year (1,170 each day) from their own cigarette smoking habit
• Up to 73,000 die each year as a result of second hand smoke
• Over 6 million kids will die in their lifetime as a result of cigarette smoking illness
• 8.6 million people currently suffer from a smoking-caused illness
• $157 BILLION is spent on health care treating smoking related illnesses
• $5 BILLION is spent on health care treating second hand smoke related illnesses
• Almost $100 BILLION is lost in productivity each year
• Some cigarettes contain over 4,800 chemicals, 69 of which are known to cause cancer
• Smoking harms nearly EVERY organ in the body

When we lived in the U.S. my high school daughter came home with these facts. One dedicated geometry teacher had spent a surprising lesson telling the class about the danger of tobacco. Hopefully it made and impact on them.

If you are a smoker, try to stop smoking as soon as possible for your own health. See to it that the kids around you stay away from smoking and won’t be exposed to second hand smoke. This will help them avoid their lungs becoming like the ones above.

Next time I will let you know about the geometry part of smoking.

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