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Tobacco smoke found to cause immediate harm to one's body

Posted On Fri, December 10, 2010

Not asking people to direct their cigarette smoke elsewhere could mean the difference between life and death. A report by the U.S. Surgeon General says exposure to tobacco smoke can cause immediate harm.

The report outlines the factors that make smoking so dangerous and addictive. Exposure to the more than 7,000 chemicals found in cigarettes can have life-altering effects.

U.S. Surgeon General Regina Benjamin says exposure to toxins found in cigarettes makes it consistently more difficult for the body to repair itself.

"The chemicals in tobacco smoke reach your lungs quickly every time you inhale causing damage immediately," said Benjamin. "Inhaling even the smallest amount of tobacco smoke can also damage your DNA, which can lead to cancer."

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says smoking can cause damage to most organs, but people can immediately benefit from kicking the habit. Those who smoke will find themselves paying a steep price.

Companies frequently charge smokers more for life insurance. Additionally, cigarettes have become increasingly expensive due to taxes placed on the product. 

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