Are Your Nursing Assistants in the Know About the Effects of Smoking?

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), tobacco use causes more deaths each year than HIV, illegal drug use, alcohol use, suicides, motor vehicle injuries, and murders combined. Are your CNAs aware of the effects of smoking? Do they know how to help clients who are trying to kick the habit? By sharing the following information and tips at your next CNA inservice meeting, you may give your aides a new perspective on the dangers of smoking.

What Can Smoking Do to You? cbd hannover

For many years, the American public has known about the very harmful effects of smoking-from bad smelling breath and hair to more serious health issues such as cancer and strokes. The latest U. S. Surgeon General report states that it’s even worse than anyone knew. “The toxins from cigarette smoke go everywhere the blood flows.” Smoking harms almost all of the body’s organs, even the skin.

Amazingly, most of the major causes of deaths of the elderly are linked to smoking and to secondhand smoke. So, why do people smoke, anyway?

There are a lot reasons. For many, smoking may have looked sexy or glamorous. Hollywood certainly portrayed that image for decades. Smokers may think it gives them confidence or makes them look “cool.” Some people think smoking relaxes them or helps control their weight. Others say they like the taste of tobacco.

Of course, everyone knows that smoking is an addictive habit. That could be the real reason why most people continue to smoke–despite knowing that smoking is harmful to them and to others.

The chemicals in tobacco are very toxic and addictive. Yet, each year tobacco companies spend billions and billions of dollars advertising their products to encourage people to continue smoking or to start smoking.

Read on to find out more about the harmful effects of smoking. You may be shocked and surprised at what you learn!

What’s So Bad about Tobacco Anyway?

All forms of tobacco are hazardous to the body-even chewing tobacco and snuff.

Believe it or not, there are over 4000 chemicals in tobacco and around 400 of them are harmful. At least 63 of these chemicals are known to cause cancer in people.

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