Smoking is more lethal than it used to be

companies have re-engineered cigarettes in recent decades, increasing the toxic components of smoke.

Surgeon General Adds New Risks To Long List Of Smoking’s Harms
January 17, 2014
http://www.npr.org/blogs/health/2014/01/17/263333179/surgeon-general-report-breaks-new-ground-on-e-cigarettes

an impressive list of disorders newly deemed to be caused by smoking. They include:

  • diabetes,
  • facial deformities in babies born to smoking mothers,
  • liver and colorectal cancer,
  • age-related macular degeneration,
  • ectopic pregnancy,
  • rheumatoid arthritis and
  • erectile dysfunction

“Smoking really is even worse than we knew,” Dr. Thomas Frieden, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Frieden says smoking is more lethal than it used to be. “Even though the Americans who smoke are smoking fewer cigarettes, the risk of dying among smokers is increasing,” he notes, quoting the new report.

companies have re-engineered cigarettes in recent decades, changing the way people inhale and increasing the toxic components of smoke.

The trend is striking. Between 1959 and 2010, the risk of lung cancer among women jumped from about three times that of those who never smoked to 26 times. Among men who smoke, the lung cancer rate more than doubled, from 12 times to 25 times the risk of never-smokers.

The CDC says changes in cigarette design and composition since the 1950s have shifted the pattern of lung cancers from a type called squamous cell carcinomas to adenocarcinomas. That’s one reason why smoking has become more deadly.

e-cigarettes … I have grave concerns that they’re doing more harm than good.”

The Little Way of Ruthie Leming

A Grieving Brother Finds Solace In His Sister’s ‘Small Town’
April 29, 2013
http://www.npr.org/2013/04/29/176568280/a-grieving-brother-finds-solace-in-his-sisters-small-town
When he was a teenager, journalist Rod Dreher couldn’t wait to escape Louisiana.
Now he has found his way home again in grief — after his sister’s death from lung cancer.
It was “in light” of that tragedy, Dreher says, that he discovered the value of community.
It’s the subject of his new book, The Little Way of Ruthie Leming: A Southern Girl, a Small Town, and the Secret of a Good Life.

the true meaning of life: the family and your values