Acting Minister of health Suprun said in Facebook that Smoking causes not only cancer but also other diseases of the lungs and other organs.
“Smoking is considered the main cause of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). In the US eight out of ten deaths from COPD are caused by Smoking, including passive, and the remaining cases – environmental pollution,” wrote Suprun.
According to her, in 17-25% of cases of cardiovascular disease develop because of Smoking, it increases the risk of coronary heart disease or stroke by 2-4 times.
In addition, Smoking can cause cancer of the rectum. The Minister noted that smokers is almost two times more likely to have colon polyps.
She stressed that getting cancer as a result of Smoking is possible even at a young age. At the same time, the longer a patient smokes, the greater the risk of colorectal cancer and polyps of the colon. After people quit Smoking, the risk of colon cancer is declining but it remains high for another 20-30 years.
In addition, according to Suprun, tobacco smoke reduces fertility in women and men. Smoking of the mother increases risk of prematurity, abortion, low weight at birth, stillbirths, and developmental defects and sudden infant deaths.
As the head of the Ministry of health, smokers are also more at risk of cataracts and degeneration of the retina, they have an increased risk of developing dementia and Alzheimer’s in old age.
“The habit of tobacco affects the microflora of the oral cavity, leads to damage and even loss of teeth and stops the amylase of saliva – the enzyme needed to digest complex carbohydrates. Smoking is associated with a decrease in immunity and increase the chances of having rheumatoid arthritis,” wrote Suprun.
She also added that Smoking increases the risk of lung cancer 25 times.
In addition, the head of the Ministry of health reminded that cigarette smoke contains over 4 thousand of components, in particular carbon monoxide, nicotine and its derivatives, resin, cotinine, polonium, cadmium, polycyclic aromatic carbohydrates and other compounds, many of which are carcinogens.