Wednesday, September 8, 2010

How Smoking Affects Your Body


There's hardly a part of the human body that's not affected by the chemicals in the cigarettes you smoke. Let's take a tour of your body to look at how smoking affects it.
Starting at the Top
As a smoker, you're at risk for cancer of the mouth. Tobacco smoke can also cause gum disease, tooth decay and bad breath. The teeth become unsightly and yellow. Smokers may experience frequent headaches. And lack of oxygen and narrowed blood vessels to the brain can lead to strokes.
Lungs and Bronchi
Moving down to your chest, smoke passes through the bronchi, or breathing tubes. Hydrogen cyanide and other chemicals in the smoke attack the lining of the bronchi, inflaming them and causing that chronic smoker's cough. Because the bronchi are weakened, you're more likely to get bronchial infections. Mucus secretion in your lungs is impaired, also leading to chronic coughing. Smokers are 10 times as likely to get lung cancer and emphysema as nonsmokers.
Smoking and the Heart
The effects of smoking on your heart are devastating. Nicotine raises blood pressure and makes the blood clot more easily. Carbon monoxide robs the blood of oxygen and leads to the development of cholesterol deposits on the artery walls. All of these effects add up to an increased risk of heart attack. In addition, the poor circulation resulting from cholesterol deposits can cause strokes, loss of circulation in fingers and toes and impotence.
Smoking and the Body's Organs
The digestive system is also affected. The tars in smoke can trigger cancer of the esophagus and throat. Smoking causes increased stomach acid secretion, leading to heartburn and ulcers. Smokers have higher rates of deadly pancreatic cancer. Many of the carcinogens from cigarettes are excreted in the urine where their presence can cause bladder cancer, which is often fatal. High blood pressure from smoking can damage the kidneys.
The Results
The health effects of smoking have results we can measure. Forty percent of men who are heavy smokers will die before they reach retirement age, as compared to only 18 percent of nonsmokers. Women who smoke face an increased risk of cervical cancer, and pregnant women who smoke take a chance with the health of their unborn babies.But the good news is that when you quit smoking your body begins to repair itself. Ten years after you quit, your body has repaired most of the damage smoking caused. Those who wait until cancer or emphysema has set in aren't so lucky—these conditions are usually fatal. It's one more reason to take the big step and quit now.

46 comments:

  1. BUT I LIKE SMOKING!! ;(

    Yeah, I should think about quiting

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  2. so this is smoking cigarettes, yeah? how about a vs other smoking substances? more!

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  3. I smoke too. Reading this made me crave a cigarette, lol. Checking you out daily. Hope the content is always this good. Follow?

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  4. smoking is the worst thing but feels good man~

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  5. cool story bro now following 'n' supportin' ;)

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  6. i dont like smoking!
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  7. they pretty much make's ur heart go boof

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  8. Smoking is GOOD for you! ;)
    Dont buy the propaganda! :O

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  10. 8 months and no smokes! Hell yeah!!!

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  11. I never understood the point of smoking but meh, to each his/her own
    also following and supporting!

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  12. smoking is bad ..

    supporting

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  13. nice blog lol, keep that up man ;)

    I just FOLLOWED YOU,could you follow me please?

    i also just SUPPORTED you ;), could you do the same please??

    cheers mate

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  14. I'd say going out and hitting urself in the face once a day is better than smoking.. and just as necessary tbh..

    anyway supporting :)

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  15. And thats why i never smoked and made my aunt stop

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  16. smoking makes you smell worse than poopies.
    Poopa Bear will hunt down dangerous smell >=(
    this is how.

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  17. i hate the smell of cigarette.

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  18. i never smoke :S

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  19. love the post... I want to see moar!

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  20. Never started. For those who do smoke, I don't think you realize how bad it smells.

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  21. I never thought of it that way... interesting

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  22. SMOKE EVERYDAY DONT GIVE A FUCK.

    Supportin yah though!

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  23. Hoho

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  24. cigarette smoke is so irritating...

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  25. Out followin and supporting interesting blogs
    VIEW my blogs bro?

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  26. imma showin mah daily luv!!!! ;)
    w8ing for your add

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  27. nice :)
    cool blog
    supporting you ;)

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  28. smoking is bad! i've never smoked before

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  29. I supporting you

    Follow and suport me please

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  30. thanks for the tips

    following / supporting

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