We learned from a very young age that smoking was bad for you. It turned your lungs black and gave you health problems like emphysema and smoker’s cough. Yet some of us still chose to take up the habit over the years despite warnings.
But now, it seems that there are dangers of smoking that tobacco companies have purposely kept from the public for years. And one judge has ordered that the largest tobacco companies must tell us exactly what those dangers are. Justice Kessler determined that they have “deliberately deceived the American public about the health effects of smoking.”
Here are some of the facts:
- About 1,200 Americans die from smoking every day
- Cigarettes were specifically engineered by tobacco companies to be as addictive as possible
- Nicotine alters brain chemistry, making it more difficult to quit
- All cigarettes cause cancer, lung disease, heart attacks, and premature death
- Secondhand smoke causes lung cancer and coronary heart disease in people who don’t smoke
- Secondhand smoke increases the danger of children for Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS), acute respiratory infections, ear problems, severe asthma, and reduced lung function
- No level of exposure to secondhand smoke is “safe”
Justice Kessler says tobacco companies have not been up front about these specific health problems, and they must own up to the dangers of smoking completely.
Did you know of these dangers? Do you feel as though tobacco companies haven’t been honest with the public? Many of us have loved ones who smoke, or perhaps we ourselves smoke. Would knowledge of these specific health effects have prevented that?