Most of us have heard or read that smoking causes lung cancer and heart disease. But smoking is also the reason that millions of people suffer from other chronic illnesses every year – many of which have to do with the ear, nose and throat. If you’re a smoker, it’s worth your time to discover how quitting can help you live more comfortably and most importantly, save your life.
What Kind of Health Care Problems Does Smoking Cause?
Of the more than 7,000 chemicals in tobacco smoke, at least 250 of them are harmful, and at least 69 of them are carcinogens (cancer causing). Not only can these chemicals cause cancer in the lungs, but also in the mouth, throat, esophagus and other areas of the head and neck. If not detected early, each of these types of cancer can be fatal.
Aside from cancers, there are many ear, nose and throat disorders that chemicals in cigarette smoke can cause. Even family members in the same household are subject to these illnesses just from breathing second hand smoke. Some of these ENT problems include:
• Sore throats
• Bad breath
• Loss of taste
• Ear infections
• Ringing in the ears
• Thyroid disorders
Why Is It So Important to Quit Smoking Now?
When you quit smoking, you reduce your risk of cancer and smoking-related ENT disorders substantially. In short, the fewer chemicals and carcinogens you put into your body, the healthier your life can be.
Sound Health Physicians Treat Smoking-Related Disorders
If you are a smoker and are experiencing symptoms of the disorders mentioned above, it’s important to call and make an appointment with an ENT physician at Sound Health. A thorough exam can determine whether we recommend further testing, and we will discuss how to alleviate your symptoms to make you more comfortable. Most importantly, we can discuss ways to help you quit smoking.
Call Sound Health Services to schedule an appointment at (314) 332-1377