From scientific journals on smoking, we gleaned the following data in terms of the diseases it causes.
- Smoking accounts for 90% of patients with lung cancer, 30% of all cancers, 25% of ischaemic heart diseases, 75% of chronic respiratory diseases including emphysema.
- Smoking is the number one cause of lung cancer and one of the main causes of oral cancer, oesophagus, stomach, bladder and breast cancer.
- There is no system of the human body that remains unaffected by smoking.
By Stelios G. Sykallidis
President KESAK (Cypriot National Coalition for Smoking Prevention - Κυπριακός Εθνικός Συνασπισμός για Αποτροπή του Καπνίσματος)