If doctors smoke, does it mean that smoking isn't so bad?

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If doctors smoke, does it mean that smoking isn't so bad?

That cigarette smoking harms your health is now unequivocally proven and even doctors can behave wrongly!

The phrase in the title is often heard, perhaps because it helps smokers to feel less "guilty". In fact, 8 million people worldwide die from tobacco smoke every year. This figure is even more disconcerting if we consider that 1 in 10 of these deaths occur as a result of passive smoking. It is estimated that every year, in Italy, more than 93,000 deaths are attributable to tobacco smoking (20.6% of the total of all deaths among men and 7.9% of the total of all deaths among women).
Tobacco smoking causes more deaths than alcohol, AIDS, drugs, traffic accidents, homicides and suicides combined. Tobacco smoking, in particular, is a known or probable cause of at least 27 diseases, including chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and other chronic lung, heart, vascular disease, pomone cancer, and other forms of cancer. In fact, smoking favors the development of numerous other types of cancer, all potentially fatal, from those of the oral cavity and throat, to the pancreas, colon, bladder, kidney, esophagus and breast, in addition to some forms of leukemia.

1. World Health Organization (WHO)
2. Ministry of Health. Smoking
3. Italian Association for Cancer Research (AIRC)

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