9 shocking and eye-opening facts about smoking


Senior Member
7 Jun 2011
  • There are over 1.22 billion smokers in the world which means about 16.5% the whole world population is addictive to smoking.
  • Sugar is one of the major components added in a cigarette; therefore for diabetic patients it is more dangerous and harmful than any other person.
  • Heart attack, pancreatic cancer, lung cancer, mouth cancer, strokes, high blood pressure and many other diseases are gifted by smoking or chewing tobacco.
  • There is enough amount of nicotine in 5 cigarettes to kill a human if it is chewed.
  • Smoking is not only harmful to smoker but to a second-hand smoker too as the smoke itself has more than 50 chemicals that causes cancer. A second-hand smoker can be your child, wife, brother or friend.
  • Many people says, only cigarette is the one which can cause damage to human body in different ways, but the fact is that pipe, waterpipe, cigars, hand-made roller are also harmful.
  • Chewing Tobacco is another form of taking tobacco and is a major cause of mouth cancer.
  • Another bad aspect of smoking is bad breathe, pale fingers and teeth and a wrinkled face.
  • Tobacco Smoking is a gateway to other bad habits and drugs as majority of the drugs are used through cigarettes.


3 Feb 2013
I would like to add something over here and I believe it would make this thread more meaningful. Smoking harms nearly every organ of the body and affects a person’s overall health. Smoking can make it harder for a woman to become pregnant and can affect her baby's health before and after birth. Smoking increases risks for:

    • Preterm (early) delivery
    • Stillbirth (death of the baby before birth)
    • Low birth weight
    • Sudden infant death syndrome (known as SIDS or crib death)
    • Ectopic pregnancy
    • Orofacial clefts in infants
  • Smoking can also affect men's sperm, which can reduce fertility and also increase risks for birth defects and miscarriage (loss of the pregnancy).
  • Smoking can affect bone health.
    • Women past childbearing years who smoke have lower bone density (weaker bones) than women who never smoked and are at greater risk for broken bones.
  • Smoking affects the health of your teeth and gums and can cause tooth loss.
  • Smoking can increase your risk for cataracts (clouding of the eye’s lens that makes it hard for you to see) and age-related macular degeneration (damage to a small spot near the center of the retina, the part of the eye needed for central vision).
  • Smoking is a cause of type 2 diabetes mellitus and can make it harder to control. The risk of developing diabetes is 30–40% higher for active smokers than nonsmokers.
  • Smoking causes general adverse effects on the body. It can cause inflammation and adverse effects on immune function.
  • Smoking is a cause of rheumatoid arthritis.