The truth is smoking is directly responsible for many diseases and damages almost every organ in the body.

More than 480,000 people die in the United States every year from smoking related diseases. 1 in 2 smokers are estimated to die from diseases relating to smoking.

In terms of lifespan, smoking shortens the life of a male by 12 years while it shortens the life of a female by 11 years.

Two poisons in tobacco that affect peoples’ health are:

The tobacco in cigarettes have two poisons:

  • Carbon monoxideis found in car exhaust fumes and is fatal in large doses. It starves organs of oxygen.
  • Taris a sticky, brown substance that coats the lungs and affects breathing.

Brain

There is a chance that smoking can cause strokes that inevitably damages the brain.

When the stroke happens, a brain aneurysm could occur. This is when the blood vessel wall weakens and creates a bulge which eventually bursts and leads to subarachnoid hemorrhage.

Bones

Smoking is known to weaken bones, which is more dangerous for women as they’re more prone to osteoporosis.

Cardiovascular system

The plaque that builds up from smoking sticks onto arteries (atherosclerosis), making them narrower, reducing blood flow and grants the chance of clotting.

The most common heart related diseases are:

  • Coronary heart disease– narrow or blocked arteries around the heart.
  • Heart attack– smokers are twice as likely to have a heart attack.
  • Chest pain– not something anyone wants to go through.

Carbon monoxide and nicotine in cigarettes make the heart work harder and faster, making it harder for smokers  to exercise.

Immune system

The immune system protects the body against infection and disease. Smoking compromises this and can lead to

No surprise, smoking weakens the immune system leading to autoimmune diseases, such as Crohn’s disease and rheumatoid arthritis.

Lungs

The most obvious part of the body affected by smoking is the lungs. Smoking impacts the lungs in a numerous ways.

It mainly damages the airways and air sacs in the lungs.

Here are a few examples of lung diseases:

Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD):   It causes wheezing, shortness of breath, and chest tightness, long-term disease that worsens over time.There is no cure.

Chronic bronchitis:

Over production of mucus in the lungs, causing the airways then become inflamed, and the cough is long-lasting. Gradually, scar tissue and mucus could completely block the airways and cause infection. There is no cure, but quitting smoking can reduce symptoms.

Emphysema:  Reduces the number of sacs in the lungs and breaks down the walls in between. This destroys the person’s ability to breathe properly, even when resting. Sooner or later, patients will rely on oxygen mask. There is no cure, and it cannot be reversed.

Other diseases caused by smoking include pneumonia, asthma, and tuberculosis.

Mouth

Its a well known fact that smoking causes bad breath, stained teeth, as well as gum disease, tooth loss, and damage to the sense of taste.

Skin

Smoking speeds up the aging of skin and turns it gray by reducing the oxygen that goes to it. It ages the skin by 10-20 years, making wrinkles more obvious.

Cancer

Common sense. Smoking is poisonous and causes several types of cancer, the most obvious being lung cancer. Take note that lung cancer is very difficult to treat.

Tobacco smoke has around 7,000 chemicals in it, and around 70 of those are directly linked to causing cancer.

Being comprised of 7,000 chemicals, 70 of those in tobacco are directly linked to causing cancer.

Here are the other cancers you didn’t know about:

  • mouth
  • larynx (voice box)
  • pharynx (throat)
  • esophagus (swallowing tube)
  • kidney
  • cervix
  • liver
  • bladder
  • pancreas
  • stomach
  • colon/rectum
  • myeloid leukemia

 

Tobacco has no safe way to use. Cigars, pipe-smoking, menthol cigarettes, chewing tobacco, and other forms of tobacco all contribute to cancer and other health problems. If I were you, I’d start quitting.

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By Aaron
19th March 2020 21:00

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