Cigarette Smoking Health Quiz — Do You Know the Facts?

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Cigarette Smoking Health Quiz – Do You Know the Facts

Do you really know the health facts about smoking? Here is a short smoking health quiz to enlighten you or confirm your knowledge.

Health Facts about Smoking (True or False)

  1. Smoking-related diseases cause an estimated 440,000 American deaths each year.
  2. Smoking during pregnancy increases the chances of spontaneous abortions (miscarriages), stillbirths and premature labor.
  3. Smokers and non-smokers wrinkle at the same rate.
  4. Cigarette smoke contains approximately 4,800 chemicals, 69 of which cause cancer.
  5. Mothers who smoke cannot pass nicotine to their children through breast milk.

Answers:

  1. True
  2. True
  3. False. Smokers get 10 times more wrinkles than non-smokers. In fact, tobacco smoke (which contains tar and such toxins as carbon monoxide) is a leading cause of skin damage, second only to sun exposure. Furthermore, nicotine is a diuretic. This means that it absorbs liquids from the body and causes dehydration. The skin is also deprived of oxygen and nutrients due to a decrease in the capillary blood flow to the surface of the skin and a reduction in the amount of collagen and elastin the skin receives. The dry, thin skin that results from smoking wrinkles easier, especially around the mouth and the eyes where the skin is constantly puckered from pursing and squinting. It is easy to find the frequent smokers in a crowd by look for the faces with excessive wrinkles.
  4. True
  5. False. Breast milk is ultimately the best source of nutrition for a new baby. In fact, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) strongly recommends exclusive breastfeeding for the first six months of life and continued breastfeeding non-exclusively for at least 12 months. The proteins and other nutrients in breast milk are more easily digested than in formula or cow’s milk.


Breast milk often contains whatever substance is in the mother’s body. If a woman smokes, the baby ingests the nicotine and other harmful toxins just as readily as it would the protein and nutrients. Babies exposed to cigarette smoke can develop a host of health problems such as pneumonia, asthma, ear infections, bronchitis, sinus infections, eye irritation, and croup. Parents have a way of blaming excessive irritability in children on their personalities or genetic make-up when, in actuality, they can very well be causing these irritations by exposing the child to cigarette smoke.

How did you do? Do you know other health facts about cigarette smoking that you wish to share? You may do so below.

 

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Loraine R. Dégraff

Loraine is a passionate health and wellness writer and is particularly interested in working with the body through diet and nutrition. She currently lives in Queens, NY with her husband and 5 children and would love to talk “health” with you. View all posts with Health Tips.