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The Pulmonary Diseases Tobacco Smoking Is Responsible For

Posted on 4th February, 2021

by Legal Staff

While the majority of people associate tobacco smoking with lung cancer, as they should, there are numerous other health problems it can result in over the years.

Cigarette smoke contains over 7,000 chemicals, out of which 250 are harmful to our bodies, so the range of diseases smoking can cause is much wider.

Over 34 million smokers in the United States and 16 million are struggling with smoke-related diseases.

Although smoking has been around since ancient times, it was only in the 1950s and the 1960s that a series of medical studies proving the causal relationship between tobacco use and lung disease emerged.

Since then, scientists have been relentlessly studying the health effects of smoking and thereby discovering multiple other respiratory diseases this habit is accountable for.

Smoking and Lung Cancer

Lung cancer occurs in 10% to 15% of smokers, whereas up to 90% of cases of lung cancer are the result of tobacco use. Undoubtedly, lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer death throughout the country, as well as worldwide. If you develop lung cancer as a result of smoking, your chances of being alive 5 years following your diagnosis are less than 1 in 5, which should make you think twice before lighting up another cigarette.

Furthermore, smoking takes away at least 10 years of your life, whether you struggle with a related disease or not. Tobacco smoking is the leading cause of preventable death in the United States. Because timely diagnosis may prove to be crucial in improving your prognosis, the following are the early signs of lung cancer:

  • a persistent cough
  • frequent respiratory infections
  • coughing up blood
  • shortness of breath
  • loss of appetite
  • fatigue
  • chest pain
  • difficulty breathing
  • unexplained weight loss
  • wheezing
  • nail clubbing
  • hoarseness
  • chest pain
  • trouble swallowing
  • swelling of the neck or face

If you are a smoker and experience one or more of these symptoms, please seek medical attention as soon as possible, as you may have developed lung cancer or another pulmonary disease as a result of tobacco use.

Since the majority of pulmonary diseases caused by smoking have in common these symptoms, it is essential to be examined by a specialist who will subsequently assign you a correct and accurate diagnosis. The earlier lung cancer is discovered, the more favorable your prognosis will be.

What Other Diseases of the Lungs Can Smoking Cause?

Today, it is a known fact that smoking tobacco can result in pulmonary disease over the years.

According to medical studies, people who are going to develop lung disease as a consequence of smoking will receive their diagnosis within 17 years.

However, this period of time may vary depending on the number of cigarettes they smoke a day, the potency of the tobacco, and whether they have a genetic predisposition to lung disease.

It is worthy of note that smoking may also trigger asthma attacks. A very serious lung disease tobacco smoking can cause is chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, commonly known as COPD, which includes emphysema and chronic bronchitis. The symptoms of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease are similar to those of lung cancer.

According to scientists, smokers are 12 to 13 times more likely to lose their lives to chronic obstructive pulmonary disease than nonsmokers. Nevertheless, it is noteworthy that 1 in 4 people with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease have never smoked, in which case secondhand cigarette smoke is the cause of their disease, as it also contains numerous toxic chemicals.

Chronic bronchitis entails the inflammation of the large airways, while emphysema affects the air sacs of the lungs, medically known as the alveoli.

File a Tobacco Product Liability Claim with the Help of Atraxia Law

With over 35 years of experience in evaluating product liability claims, the team of professionals of Atraxia Law will help you determine whether you are eligible for seeking compensation for the pulmonary disease you developed as a consequence of tobacco smoking.

Although the process is quite complex and challenging, it will require minimal involvement on your part, as you will only have to thoroughly describe your smoking habit to our experts and provide us with your medical records stating your related diagnosis.

We will promptly assess your case and let you know if you qualify for filing a tobacco product liability claim with the companies whose cigarettes you have been smoking.

Even though you may think that filing a claim with a tobacco company is pointless, we can assure you that this is far from the truth, as there have recently been numerous cases of people who recovered substantial compensation for their diagnoses from the liable manufacturers.

For additional information, please feel free to contact our company and we will gladly answer your questions.