Cigarette smoking is arguably the most important preventable cause of premature death in the United States. Smoking cigarettes accounts for more than 450,000 of more than 2.5 million deaths in the USA every year. Smokers have a higher risk of developing many chronic disorders.

Here are just 46 of the diseases, ailments, and health risks connected to cigarette smoking.

Never start smoking and you will have a much lower risk of getting many of these diseases. Quit today and your chances of getting them will go down significantly.

Quit smoking and you will find you love being healthy!

1. Atherosclerosis (fatty buildups that obstruct the arteries, leading to high blood pressure and maybe strokes)

2. Coronary heart disease (including recurrent coronary heart disease after bypass surgery) THIS IS THE LEADING CAUSE OF DEATH IN THE US.

3. Lupus

4. Strokes

5. Lowered HDL = good cholesterol

6. Aortic aneurysm

7. Smoking harms nearly every organ of the body

8. Lung Cancer (about 85% of lung cancer deaths caused by cigarette smoking)

9. Cancer of the bladder

10. Cancers of the oral cavity

11. Pharynx cancer

12. Cancer of the Esophagus

13. Cervical cancer

14. Cancer in the kidneys

15. Pancreatic cancer

16. Stomach cancers

17. Acute Myeloid Leukemia

18. Peripheral vascular disease

19. Chronic obstructive lung disease

20. Increased infertility problems

21. Increased chance of preterm delivery

22. Stillbirths

23. Low Birth Weights

24. Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS)

25. Lower bone density

26. Increased risk of hip fracture

27. Cancer of the rectum (oooo, fun)

28. Increased coughing

29. Sleep difficulties

30. Lowered immune response and thus more colds and flus

31. Gum disease

32. Chronic bronchitis

33. Emphysema

34. Heart Attacks

35. People who are HIV positive more likely to get full blown AIDS if they smoke

36. Stomach ulcers

37. Osteoporosis

38. Pain in the legs and gangrene

39. Raynaud's disease

40. Cataracts

41. Colds

42. Tuberculosis

43. Leukoplakia

44. Caries (tooth decay, cavities)

45. More likely to get a limb amputated

46. Less oxygen to the brain (meaning you cannot think as well)

Smoking kills more Americans every year than alcohol, car accidents, AIDS, homicides, drugs, fires, and suicides combined!

Quit smoking now, and you can avoid a lot of illnesses, and save a ton of money (the author saved enough to buy a Land Rover), among many other benefits.

Love life, live long, quit smoking!