November is Lung Cancer Awareness Month.
The statistics are alarming; lung cancer causes more deaths than the next three most common cancers (colon, breast and prostate) combined.
According to the American Lung Association: “Smoking is the No. 1 cause of lung cancer. It causes about 90% of lung cancer cases. Tobacco smoke contains many chemicals that are known to cause lung cancer.”
I joined FACT solely because of the role tobacco, in my school and community, affects the environment my classmates and I live and learn in each day. Whether it’s usage in the school or littering on the street, spreading awareness about tobacco is the least I can do to make tobacco a smaller percentage of what makes up my environment.
Before I even turned 1, my grandpa died of lung cancer caused from the use of tobacco over the course of many years. I’ve been informed, over and over, that despite earlier claims in his battle with lung cancer from doctors that tobacco usage would lower his chance of health risk, he simply could not quit.
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