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Smoking carries with it serious health risks, not only to the smoker but also to those approximately him who breathe in second-hand smoke. Every year, millions of people die of diseases caused by tobacco. It is a well-known fact that smoking cigarettes is what causes lung cancer. Tobacco, too, contributes to the appearance of bladder, kidney and pancreas cancer. It is the chemicals in tobacco that make smoking so dangerous.

To better understand the harmful effects of tobacco and smoking, you should know that a third of cancer deaths is caused by it. Ninety-percent of those who are suffering from lung cancer acquired this disease from smoking cigarettes. Thus, the most terrific thing to do is to quit smoking.

The risks of smoking are well documented. The nicotine contained in tobacco and cigarettes has a depressant effect on a person's body. Nicotine is also highly addictive. Nicotine also negatively affects the central nervous system and a person's hormonal activity. Some of the most obvious negative effects of nicotine through smoking are yellow teeth, yellow and brittle nails and bad breath. Doctors and health practitioners alike advise pregnant women to refrain from smoking.

If you ever decide to give up smoking one day, you are on the right path. However, do not wait until it is too late.

Since nicotine is an addictive substance, you will find it difficult the first few days, weeks or even months. You will need to have a lot of self-discipline and determination to overcome your nicotine addiction and resist the urge to light up just one stick of cigarette. There are special programs as well as pills you can take, to help you quit smoking. Once you get through the hard part, the rest will be easy, and you will eventually enjoy the benefits of a healthy life free from smoking.