Does smoking effect your health ?

Does smoking affect your health?

Smoking will affect your health!! It may even kill you.

Tobacco is a very bad habit that is unbreakable due to a chemical called nicotine.

More than 7,000 chemicals are included in tobaccos.

250 are known to be harmful, including hydrogen cyanide, carbon monoxide, and ammonia and these chemicals can cause serious illnesses such as cancer or heart disease.

As with heroin or other addictive drugs, the body and mind quickly get used to the nicotine in cigarettes.

Whereas smoking will soon be an unbreakable habit, that affect your overall wellbeing and health.

How smoking is made addictive by larger firms?

The big companies spend millions of euros each month on R&D to just keep people addicted.

Therefore they can make massive amounts of money.

However a person will soon need to smoke just to feel normal or functioning due to the chemicals that are used.

People start smoking for different reasons.

Some think it looks cool, especially the teenagers and Others start because their family members or friends smoke.

Thereby almost all adults use tobacco even before the age of 18.

Most people never expected to become an addict.

That’s has been one of the main reasons for getting started and but most people have not been able to stop when started.

Cigarettes are smoked by over 1 billion people, which is nearly 20% of the world’s population in 2014.

Around 80% of the world’s 1.1 billion smokers live in low and middle-income countries.

Tobacco kills more than 8 million people each year.

More than 7 million of those deaths are the result of direct tobacco use while around 1.2 million are the result of non-smokers being exposed to second-hand smoke.

6 Reasons to quit smoking.

1. Heart attacks

Smoking is a major cause of the cardiovascular disease (CVD) and causes approximately one of every four deaths from CVD, according to the 2014 Surgeon General’s Report on smoking and health.

Further, more than 16 million Americans have heart disease.

Almost 8 million have had a heart attack and 7 million have had a stroke.

Heart Disease occurs when arteries that carry your blood to the heart muscle are narrowed by plaque or blocked by clots.

Chemicals such as nicotine in cigarette smoke  are major contributors.

Because  due to smoke the bloods thicken and form clots in veins and arteries.

Thereby creating blockages in the clot can lead to a heart attack and sudden death.

And  moreover the cause of Stroke can result in a loss of brain function due to blood flow within the brain is being interrupted.

Even people who have never smoked, but exposed can also be affected.

However, smoking cigarettes with lower levels of tar or nicotine does not reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease.

2. Lung cancer

Lung cancer is a type of cancer that begins in the lungs.

Your lungs are two spongy organs in your chest that take in oxygen when you inhale and release carbon dioxide when you exhale.

Lung cancer is created when you inhale cigarette smoke.

Tobbacco is full of cancer-causing substances (carcinogens), changes in the lung tissue begin almost immediately.

At first, the body might be able to recover from the damage.

However, when it’s repeated it damages the cells to act abnormally and in long term lung cancer will be formed.

The association between cigarettes and lung cancer has been proven by large cohort studies.

Whereas tobacco use has been reported to be the main cause of 90% of males and 79% of female lung cancers.

 And 90% of deaths from lung cancer are estimated to be due to smoking.

The risk of lung cancer development is 20-40 times higher in lifelong smokers compared to non-smokers.

3. Complications during pregnancy

Smoking during pregnancy will increase the health problems in developing babies.

The health issues include preterm birth, low birth weight, and even affect the mouths and lips of the developing babies.

As well as a common issue due to smoking is sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS).

And the addictive drug found in tobacco is not safe to use during pregnancy.

Because the nicotine is a health danger for pregnant women and developing babies and this can damage a developing baby’s brain and lungs.

Smoking during pregnancy has resulted in more than 1000 infant deaths annually.

4. Diabetes   

The 2014 Surgeon General’s Report has found that smoking is a cause of type 2 diabetes, which is also known as adult-onset diabetes.

Diabetes is a disease that causes blood sugar levels in the body to be increased.

Smoking can affect your health and have a greater risk of developing type 2 diabetes than do nonsmokers.

As well as the risk of developing diabetes increases with the number of cigarettes smoked per day.

Smoking increases inflammation in the body.

Inflammation occurs when chemicals in cigarette smoke injure cells, causing swelling and interfering with proper cell function.

Moreover, Smoking also causes oxidative stress, a condition that occurs as chemicals from cigarette smoke combine with oxygen in the body.

This can cause a damage to the cells of your body.

Evidence strongly suggests that both inflammation and oxidative stress may be related to an increased risk of diabetes.

5. Vision problems

Smoking is can affect your health and it’s mainly known for illnesses such as lung cancer, heart disease, and under-rated for effects on eyesight.

Studies show smoking increases the risk of Dry Eye Syndrome.

Tobacco smoke is a known eye irritant and worsens dry eye, also causes suffering of dry eye which can make the eye go red, cause itchiness, or bodily sensations and even watery eyes.

Further, Women who smoke during pregnancy transmit dangerous toxins to the placenta, potentially harming the unborn child.

As well as smoking while pregnant increases the chance of many fetal and infant eye disorders, among other serious health problems.

And the main issues are strabismus (crossed eyes) and underdevelopment of the optic nerve, which is a leading cause of blindness in children.

6. Blood cancer 

Cancer refers to diseases in which abnormal cells divide out of control and are able to invade other tissues.

Cancer cells can spread to other parts of the body through the blood and lymph systems, which help the body get rid of toxins

When compared to people who don’t smoke people who smoke are more likely to develop blood cancer such as leukemia.

Leukemia is a broad term for cancers of the blood cells.

The type of leukemia depends on the type of blood cell that becomes cancer and whether it grows quickly or slowly.

There are many ways that the combination of harmful chemicals in tobacco smoke can cause damage to the body.

Some have been found to damage DNA;

    • Chemicals in tobacco smoke harm the cleaning system that our bodies use to remove toxins, so smokers are less able to handle toxic chemicals than those with healthy lungs and blood.
    • And this is more likely to damage the cells of the body and DNA.

Each cigarette can damage DNA, and it is the build-up of damage in the same cell that can lead to cancer.

 About 660,000 people in the U.S. Were diagnosed with, and about 343,000 people died from, a cancer related to tobacco use, according to a new report by the CDC.

Quit Smoking and increase the Quality of life

Giving up cigarettes, and enjoying a smoke-free life, is not always easy.

Going smoke-free is a very personal experience. There’s no one way that works for everyone.

Remember smoking in great quantity or even just smoking one cigarette per day can shorten your life span and increase the rate of cancer development.

Smoking can affect your health.

And It’s never too late to quit smoking and enjoy a healthier lifestyle and ultimately a healthier body.

Quit the habit of smoking and enjoy many health benefits. 

The earlier you quit, the greater the benefit. Some immediate benefits of quitting include

  • Lower heart rate and blood pressure
  • Less carbon monoxide in the blood (carbon monoxide reduces the blood’s ability to carry oxygen)
  • Better circulation
  • Less coughing and wheezing
  • Lowers the percentage of developing cancer or diabetes or any other type of health-related issues due to smoking.

So quit smoking and live a better healthier life.

Quitting smoking will help you live a longer, healthier life as well as help protects the health of your family and friends.

Giving up smoking can be difficult, but a tobacco-free lifestyle offers many benefits.

Those benefits that will last a lifetime.

 

8 thoughts on “Does smoking affect your health?”

  1. Thank you so much for the awesome and informative post!  I’m so glad to see people speaking out on this, because there are so many smokers out there that need to read this!  My wife is not a smoker, but even still, when she was pregnant she would not go near smokers because it could effect her pregnancy.  She stayed at home a lot because of this fear.

    1. I’m glad that you liked the article. Yes, Smoking is a major issue that causes many health issues that not only for smokers but also for nonsmokers and its time we see a change for the benefits of ourselves and of others as well.

  2. I have to say, I really appreciate the approach you take with this post. You tackle the issue head on. Even though smokers know the truth (that smoking is hazardous to the health), they still go on with their terrible habit. To be fair though, I believe, just like you mentioned in the article, that the big players in the world tobacco industry are always looking for ways to keep their customers addicted. That is problem in my opinion. Once it becomes a habit, it becomes even more difficult to stop.

    Great post

  3. Hi!  Smoking is definitely hazardous to your health!  It can cause throat and mouth cancer, dental issues, and even more!  That said, it’s not impossible to quit as you indicated in the first couple of sentences, it is just really, really hard because you crave the nicotine. Plus, now people are doing that vaping thing.

    I will say, people who start smoking right now DO know the risks and how addictive it is.  Even kids.  Usually, it’s rebellion when kids start, to look cool, etc. They still know it’s bad for them, but will do it anyway.  But I’ve known adults that start too, even knowing how bad it is for them.  Everyone knows the risks, but they still do it anyway.  

    In the 1950s, you could make the excuse that people didn’t know it was bad for them, but nowadays, that doesn’t wash.  Kids are young and impulsive and don’t care, because it’s 40 years in the future that cigarettes will kill them, not right now. And lost of adults are the exact same way.

    I’m a smoker and have been for the past 28 years.  I find it hard to quit, mostly because I don’t want to, not just because of the chemical that makes me crave it.  They LIKE smoking, that’s why they do it, dangerous or not.  Same reason I haven’t quit yet. But I would never start smoking today like I did when I was a kid.  I was young and dumb and didn’t like getting high, so I decided to rebel this way. I keep smoking because it settles my anxiety down, despite how the fact nicotine is a stimulant and supposedly makes you MORE nervous.  I’m also very intelligent and educated, but yet I still did it.  

    I have to say, I think most people who smoke are low or middle-class income because cigarettes are just so dang expensive!  Haha!

    But you’re absolutely right about the health risks of smoking.  It’s not impossible to quit though.  Just really hard.

    1. Thanks for sharing your side of the story, yes the earlier you quit the easier due to the craving and addiction. Due to prolong period of tobacco consumption you have created a phase where if you withdraw from smoking it creates mood instability or anxiety, these are some common issues due to nicotine withdrawal from your body as it now continuously seeks for it. A common belief is it reduces anxiety but actually it increases, for further information go to https://www.nhs.uk/live-well/quit-smoking/stopping-smoking-mental-health-benefits/ .Best of luck.

  4. No doubt about it smoking will kill you. It can be a difficult habit to kick. Interesting statistics on smoking particularly that 80% of the world’s 1.1 billion smokers live in low and middle-income countries. Things like heart attacks, lung cancer, diabetes, lung cancer, etc., these are words that people need to see in order to help them quit. I appreciate your awareness here in helping people to kick this unfortunate addiction. Well done and keep up the good work!

    1. I am glad I could bring awareness to the world about how hazardous this really is and this really needs to stop as smokers are doing more harm for not just only them but for other people and environment as well.

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