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Effects of Smoking

In the U.S., more than 125,000 people die each year from cancers that are related to smoking.  Chronic bronchitis and asthma are also directly related to smoking.  Cigarette smoking is one of the three major risk factors contributing to heart disease.  Babies born to cigarette smokers usually weigh less, may be slower to develop and have lower intelligence scores. (http://www.innerbody.com/text/drug13.html)

Smoking marijuana is also harmful.  In addition to the tar and carbon dioxide found in cigarettes, there may also be bacteria, herbicides and pesticides which can damage not only the lungs, but also kidneys, adrenal glands and the cerebral cortex of the brain (www.innerbody.com/text/drug17.html)

Second hand smoke may actually be worse than smoking itself!  



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