How Safe Can a Cigarette Be?
Filter-tip cigarettes can remove about half the total tar and somewhat less than half the nicotine contained in the smoke.
Cigarette smoke damages the respiratory tract in other ways. It is the predominant cause of chronic bronchitis and emphysema. It predisposes to respiratory infections and increases the damage from other environmental pollutants. It is related to the occurrence of cancers of the voice-box, oral cavity and pharynx.
Male cigarette smokers have more coronary atherosclerosis than non-smokers and cigarette smoking is a major independent risk factor for myocardial infarction and sudden death. Both gastric and duodenal ulcers are more prevalent in smokers than non-smokers. So is cancer of the bladder.
Even the unborn are not spared: cigarette smoking during pregnancy has adverse effects on the foetus. Side-stream smoke that non-smokers are forced to inhale also claims its toll on health.
So, why smoke your own life away and pollute the air, forcing passive smoking on others? For the benefits of everybody, especially your loved ones and those who are close to you, stop smoking today.