Tobacco use accounts for at least 30% of all cancer deaths in the United States. Smoking causes about 87% of lung cancer deaths. Smoking also causes cancers of the larynx (voice box), mouth, pharynx (throat), esophagus (swallowing tube), and bladder. It also has been linked to the development of cancers of the pancreas, cervix, kidney, and stomach and some types of leukemia.
If the evidence is so overwhelming that smoking can, and likely will, kill you, the question remains, why do people smoke? There are probably many reasons why, but most scientists agree that the Nicotine in cigarettes is so highly addictive that smokers physically crave it.
Quitting smoking can be very difficult, and may require the employment of Nicotine substitutes like Nicotine Gum, or Nicotine Patches. For many smokers, there may never come that “right time to quit”; there will always be some circumstance or reason why now just isn’t the right time. The smoker must realize that the addiction to the Nicotine is behind these hindering thoughts and that they should research and formulate a smoking cessation plan and finally make the decision that “Now” is the perfect time to quit smoking.