(University of Cincinnati) It’s not just smokers who are at-risk when it comes to tobacco smoke exposure—and the health concerns of smoking cigarettes are not limited to the most known consequence: lung cancer.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), smoking contributes to one in five (20 percent) of strokes and has links to heart disease. The habit also increases a person’s risk for frightening vascular conditions like Buerger’s disease, a condition that can lead to hand and feet amputations due to chronic inflammation and blood clots in small and medium-sized veins. Smoking is well known for its links to lung cancer, but it has also been scientifically linked to an increased risk of throat and oral cavity cancers.
May 31, 2012, is World No Tobacco Day, an initiative sponsored by the World Health Organization to reduce tobacco use across the globe in an effort to improve public health for all. UC Health’s thoracic oncology team hopes the day will give smokers who are considering ditching the habit another reason to make the commitment.
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