There is a very strong correlation between smoking and the risk of developing lung cancer. With the many dangers coupled with this habit, it is a surprise that people still want to take a puff out of a cigarette. Wouldn't it be easier just to say no to this unhealthy vice!

Smoking is definitely an unhealthy habit and as we all know habits are hard to break. This is such a hard habit to break that the government in an effort to make the public more aware of the dangers of smoking, have raised the price of a pack of cigarette. But even this attempt has not proved to decrease the demand for cigarettes.

Most cases of lung cancer are caused by smoking. Other lung diseases such as bronchitis and emphysema are also linked to smoking. Smoking can also contribute to heart disease, which combined with excess weight, stress and an inactive lifestyle will lessen an individual's lifespan. The development of lung cancer is based on how long you have been a smoker, how deeply you inhale the smoke, and of course the number of cigarettes you smoke on a daily basis. So for those people who have smoked most of their lives and smoke more than a pack a day, the chances of developing lung cancer is relatively high. Thus it is highly advisable to quit smoking, even though quitting at this stage may not prevent the chances of developing lung cancer. However, you will lower the risk of developing lung cancer if you completely stop smoking. The body is amazing and you will be surprised to know that it will begin to heal itself from the effects of smoking as early as a day or two after you quit smoking. The internal damage may not be repaired but quitting is worth the gamble.

If women have the same smoking patterns as men they are just as likely to develop lung cancer. At this time, more attention is paid towards men who have lung cancer than women, as there are more cases of men who have developed smoking related lung cancer. However, it is interesting to note that more women die of lung cancer due to smoking than even from breast cancer. Of particular note, pregnant women should especially avoid smoking. Remember, if a pregnant woman smokes, so does her unborn child.

Second hand smoke can also cause lung cancer. If you are smoker, knowing this fact, it is advisable not to smoke in front of non-smokers and especially in closed courters such as cars and houses. And moreover, do not expose children to passive smoking, they are innocent and have yet to learn the dangers of smoking.

Knowing the fact that ninety percent of lung cancer cases are smoking related isn't it time that you quit.