Why smoking is bad for your health

Cigarettes are made from tobacco. The tobacco plant is the only plant ever discovered to contain the drug called nicotine. Nicotine is a very strong poison that can kill a human in less than an hour if even a small amount is injected into the blood-stream. Tobacco smoke contains very tiny amounts of nicotine that are not deadly, but are still very bad for our health.

Smoking is said to stimulate pleasing and enjoyable emotions and smokers claim that it helps boost their mood. This is because cigarettes contain the addictive substance nicotine that stimulates dopamine in the brain, which is responsible for the pleasurable sensations. Smoking harms nearly every organ of the body. Cigarette smoking causes 87 percent of lung cancer deaths.

 

 
Tobacco smoke contains many other chemicals. In fact, it contains over 7000 chemicals, many of which are very harmful to our bodies. All of these chemicals mix together and form a sticky tar . The tar that gives cigarette smoke its smell and colour. The tar sticks to clothing, skin, and the insides of our lungs.

What Are the Side Effects of Smoking Cigarettes?

Short-Term Effects

Smokers tend to have smelly clothes and hair, bad breath, and yellow or brown teeth stains. Your physical appearance can also suffer as smoking can lead to premature wrinkles, gum and tooth loss, and sudden weight change. Stomach ulcers and weakened immune system are possible smoking side effects you might experience.

 

Long-Term Effects

Some damaging side effects of smoking cigarettes include:

 

Cardiovascular health problems

Smoking increases your risk of having a heart disease by two to four times, as it causes the blood vessels in your heart to thicken and grow thinner.

 

Increased risk of stroke

Smokers have a two to four times increased risk of having a stroke than non-smokers. It happens when a clot blocks the blood from your brain or when an artery around or in your brain explodes.

 

Respiratory problems

Our lungs are equipped with a layer of internal mucus that serves as a protective shield for foreign materials that we inhale, by wiping off these contaminants with small hairs called cilia. Tar sticks to the cilia in our lungs that are responsible for sweeping out germs and dirt. If the cilia are covered in tar, they can’t work right, and germs and dirt can stay in the lungs and cause diseases. As a result, you cannot cough, sneeze, or swallow to get these toxins out of your body.

 

Pregnancy complications

Pregnant women who smoke have a higher risk of preterm (early) delivery, miscarriage, or stillbirth.

 

Cancer

Cigarettes contain over 7000 chemicals, some of which can cause cancer, nearly 9 out of 10 lung cancers are caused by smoking cigarettes. In fact, smokers have a greater risk for lung cancer. Smoking can cause cancer of the blood (acute myeloid leukemia), bladder, cervix, colon and rectum, esophagus, kidney and renal pelvis, larynx, liver, lungs, mouth and throat, pancreas, stomach, lung and bronchus, prostate cancer.
Quitting smoking can reduce your risks of health problems. In my next post, we will discuss what changes happen when a smoker quits smoking.

 

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