Problem Definition

Although we grow up hearing about all of the dangers of smoking, just to refresh your memory, here are some quick facts about smoking:
  • Cigarette smoking has been identified as the most important source of preventable morbidity and premature mortality in the United States and the world.
  • It can cause a lot of cancers (Laryngeal, Lung, Oral and Esophageal, Stomach)
  • Smoking can also raise coronary risks
  • Smoking is also a Major factor of impotency
  • Smoking-related diseases cause an estimated 440,000 American deaths each year.
  • Smoking costs the United States over $150 billion annually in health care costs.
  • A 2004 Study by the CDC's National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion found that cigarette smoke contains over 4,800 chemicals, 69 of which are known to cause cancer.
  • Women account for 39 percent of all smoking deaths.
  • Scientists claim the average smoker will lose 14 years of their life due to smoking. This however does not necessarily mean that a smoker will die young – and they may still live out a ‘normal’ lifespan.
  • Cigarettes can contain more than 4,000 ingredients, which, when burned, can also produce over 200 ‘compound’ chemicals. Many of these ‘compounds’ have been linked to lung damage.
  • Nicotine reaches the brain within 10 seconds after smoke is inhaled. It has been found in every part of the body and in breast milk.
  • Sugar approximates to roughly 20% of a cigarette, and many diabetics are unaware of this secret sugar intake. Also, the effect of burning sugar is unknown
  • Some people (mostly males) can be aroused by the sight of smoker smoking (usually females). This is called the Smoking Fetish, and affects a small number of the population. As with most fetishes, the reason for this arousal can usually be traced back to incidents in childhood. However, cigarettes – particularly menthols, force blood away from the penis if smoked while aroused.
  • Every eight seconds, a human life is lost to tobacco use somewhere in the world. That translates to approximately 5 million deaths annually.
  • Half of all long-term smokers will die a tobacco-related death.
  • The nicotine content in several major brands is reportedly on the rise. Harvard University and the Massachusetts Health Department revealed that between 1997 and 2005 the amount of nicotine in Camel, Newport, and Doral cigarettes may have increased by as much as 11 percent.
  • At least a quarter of all deaths from heart diseases and about three-quarters of world’s chronic bronchitis are related to smoking.
  • Within 20 minutes of quitting smoking, a person’s blood pressure returns to normal. Within one year, the chance of suffering a heart attack decreases by half.
  • Smoking kills. Smoking-related diseases kill one in 10 adults globally, or cause four million deaths. If the same rate continues, by 2030 smoking will kill one in six people.
  • People who smoke a pack a day lose two teeth every ten years.
  • Smokers get ten times as many wrinkles
  • Once inhaled, smoke reaches the brain faster then drugs

I've heard all of that, so what??

That is probably the question in your mind right now, but did you know that recent research shows that smokers also can hurt people around them?
Nowadays we have new terms for people who are around smokers. The terms are called second-hand smokers and third-hand smokers.
Those terms are the main reason that smoking in Purdue area is such a big problem, because the smoker can affect all people in Purdue University.