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Up In Smoke: The Recondite Perils of Cigarette Smoking

By JacksonDReynolds, Chatsworth, GA

It’s no secret that smoking cigarettes is a very unhealthy habit. Everyone knows that lighting up can land smokers with deadly lung cancers, heart disease, and chronic respiratory ills. However, while the most egregious hazards of smoking are for the most part widely-known, there are also many less obvious effects that together can combine to make a smoker’s life miserable long before cancer or cardiovascular afflictions take their oftentimes fatal toll.
As extreme as it may sound, the simple truth is that if something can go wrong in the body, cigarettes will either cause it to happen, or if the condition already exists, make it worse. Too frequently the media portray smoking as the causal agent of very localized ailments. For instance, a report might read: Recent Study Finds Cigarette Smoking Directly Linked to COPD.

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