Posted on 4th February, 2021
by Legal Staff
While the majority of people associate 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 smoking 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.
Lung cancer occurs in 10% to 15% of smokers, whereas up to 90% of cases of lung cancer are the result of smoking. 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.Smoking is the leading cause of preventable death in the United States.
Today, it is a known fact that smoking 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 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 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.
With over 35 years of experience in helping people struggling with health issues caused by smoking, 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 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 receiving any compensation. For additional information, please feel free to contact our company and we will gladly answer your questions.