Many of these diseases limit a person's ability to be normally active, and they can be fatal.
In the United States, smoking is responsible for about 1 out of 5 deaths.
People who smoke can develop skin problems like psoriasis (a type of rash), and are more likely to get wrinkles.
Also, they have an increased risk of infections like bronchitis and pneumonia.
It doesn't help to substitute products that seem like they're better for you than regular cigarettes, such as e-cigarettes or filtered or low-tar cigarettes.
The only thing that really helps a person avoid the problems associated with smoking is staying smoke-free.When your parents were young, people could buy cigarettes and smoke pretty much anywhere — even in hospitals! Today we're more aware about how bad smoking is for our health.Smoking is restricted or banned in almost all public places and cigarette companies are no longer allowed to advertise on TV, radio, and in many magazines. Smoking is a hard habit to break because tobacco contains nicotine, which is highly addictive.For some time in the US, hookahs and e-cigarettes have not been regulated or studied by the U. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), so little has been known about their safety.But as of August 2016, new rules are in place to monitor these products.Also beware of electronic cigarettes (e-cigarettes), which contain cancer-causing chemicals and other toxins, including a compound used in antifreeze.These battery-operated devices use cartridges filled with nicotine, flavorings, and other chemicals and convert them into a vapor that's inhaled by the user.But take a look at the black, resinous gunk that builds up in a hookah hose. Indeed, experts say hookahs are no safer than cigarettes — and since they don't have filters and people often use them for long periods, the health risks might be even greater.Hookahs are usually shared, so there's the additional risk from germs being passed around along with the pipe.And many of the chemicals in cigarettes, like nicotine and cyanide, are actually poisons that can kill in high enough doses. The consequences of this poisoning happen gradually.Over the long term, smoking leads people to develop health problems like heart disease, stroke, emphysema (breakdown of lung tissue), and many types of cancer — including lung, throat, stomach, and bladder cancer.