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Tobacco: NOT!

Each year, more Americans die of smoking-related diseases than from alcohol abuse, AIDS, drug abuse, car accidents, fire, suicide and murder....combined.

The fact is that tobacco damages nearly every organ in your body. Here are a few of the statistics released for 2009.

Smoking is responsible for nearly one in five deaths in the US which equates to approximately 438,000 deaths of Americans.

On average, smoker's lives are shortened 14 years compared to nonsmokers. Smokers between the age of 35 and 70 have death rates three times higher than do nonsmokers of the same age.

Smoking accounts for at least 30 percent of all cancer deaths and not just lung cancer.

Smoking causes cardiovascular disease, which includes coronary artery disease and stroke.

Smoking is the number one cause of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD).

Smoking increases the risk of infertility, preterm delivery, stillbirth, low birth weight and sudden infant death syndrome.

The smoke from a smoldering cigarette often contains higher concentrations of the toxins found in cigarette smoke than exhaled smoke does.

Secondhand smoke contains more than 50 cancer-causing chemical compounds, 11 of which are known to be Group 1 carcinogens.

Quitting isn't easy....but it is a MUST. A comprehensive approach which includes looking at the physical, emotional and mental aspects will provide your best chance of success.

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