The Dangers of Smoking Tobacco Products


Smokers know, or ought to know that their habit is harmful to them. The evidence is overwhelming and I have seen at first hand the devastation to lives caused by prolonged smoking. Firstly, through my first boss at work who coughed himself to death at the age of 71 and then both my mother and father.


Later I noticed that asbestos disease and vibration white finger sufferers tended to be smokers. This does not mean that smoking alone was the cause but I did observe that there seemed to be a propensity of smokers who were sufferers.


This seems to me to be less prevalent in mesothelioma sufferers.


An obvious feature of smokers is premature aging in the face with greater early wrinkles and breathing problems. The voice also tends to deepen and in some goes crackerly.


Bystander or passive smoking also causes these problems and many will recall Roy Castle who died as a result of being regularly in smokey rooms as part of his job. It was a good move when smoking was banned in the workplace, but what about children regularly exposed to tobacco smoke in the home?


It is perhaps justice that Sir Walter Raleigh who introduced smoking to the Western world was executed. Millions are addicted to tobacco smoking as a result.


If smoking was introduced today, it would be banned tomorrow but there are too many addicts and vested interests at present.