Just imagine with me these effects of smoking:
When a smoker inhales a puff of cigarette smoke, the large surface area of the lungs allows nicotine to pass into the blood stream almost immediately.
It is this nicotine “hit” that smokers crave, but there is a lot more to smoke than just nicotine. In fact, there are more than 4000 chemical substances that make up cigarette smoke and many of them are toxic.
As these toxins make their way through your body via the bloodstream, they deposit little “souvenirs” here and there. Much of the poison stays in the lungs – its point of entry – but that old blood highway is very effective transport.
Because nicotine is a “close cousin” to niacin (a necessary nutrient), it is able to take up the niacin receptors on the cell walls. And because it is poisonous, it can start a cascade of symptoms.
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Cigarette smoke is composed of 43 known carcinogenic substances (including nicotine), and more than 400 other toxins that can also be found in wood varnish, nail polish remover, and rat poison.
All of these substances accumulate in the body and can cause serious problems to the heart and lungs.
There are many ways to take tobacco. You can chew it, inhale it through the nose, and smoke it in the form of cigars, cigarettes, or a pipe. It’s dangerous no matter how it’s taken, but because smoking is the most popular way to consume tobacco, it has also received the greatest attention from the medical field and the media.
Cancer is the most common disease associated with smoking cigarettes. Smoking is the cause of 90% of lung cancer cases and is related to 30% of all cancer fatalities. Other smoking-related cancers include cancers of the mouth, pancreas, urinary bladder, kidney, prostate, stomach, esophagus, and larynx.
Besides cancer, smoking is implicated in several other diseases of the lungs. Emphysema and bronchitis can be fatal and 75% of all deaths from these diseases are linked to smoking.
Smokers have shorter lives than non-smokers. On average, the effects of smoking take 15 years off your life span, due to the high rate of exposure to toxic substances which are found in cigarette smoke.
The act of tobacco smoking lowers Ascorbic acid (Vitamin C) levels in your blood, and artery wall integrity is degraded. So, smoking can be an indirect cause of cholesterol build-up in the cardiovascular system.
Smokers also put others at risk: the effects of smoking – even second hand – are well known. Smokers harm their loved ones by exposing them to the smoke they exhale. All sorts of health problems are related to breathing in second-hand smoke.
Children are especially susceptible to the dangers of second-hand smoke because their internal organs are still developing. Children exposed to second-hand smoke are more likely to experience asthma, sudden infant death syndrome, bronchitis, pneumonia, and ear infections.
Tobacco smoke also endangers unborn children. Mothers who smoke are more likely to suffer from miscarriages, bleeding and nausea, and babies of smoking mothers have reduced birth weights or may be premature. These babies are more susceptible to sudden infant death syndrome and may also have lifelong health complications due to chest infections and asthma.
Almost everybody knows that smoking is bad for your health. Images of blackened lungs line school hallways and hospital waiting rooms, but people continue to take up smoking anyway. Maybe it’s the pervasive romantic image of smoking,but that image has nothing to do with reality of the effects of cigarette smoking.
It is never too late to give up smoking; even people who have smoked for 20 years or more can realize great health benefits from giving up the habit.
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