Do you smoke frequently? Do you smoke 2 packs in a day? You might be causing damage to your body. Smoking is a bad habit which leads to harmful diseases. It leads to cancer! It can also cause clots in your brain that can lead to death. How does smoking harm your body? Read on…
Smoking is injurious to health. It has many harmful effects on health. It causes many diseases.
Generally people start smoking under the influence of their friends. It is observed that young people get great joy to break rules by smoking in “No smoking zone”. People get used to smoking when either of their parents smokes. Some people smoke to get relief from their medical and physical pain.
Did you know?
Cigarette contains 4000 chemicals out of which 43 are cancer causing compounds. According to “World Health Organization” (WHO) every 1 in 10 adults die due to illnesses related to smoking. Not only smoking, but secondhand smoke is also injurious to health.
What is second hand smoke?
Second hand smoke is the tobacco smoke that is exhaled by a smoker and is inhaled by the persons nearby to the smoker.
Why is smoking bad to health?
When a person smokes, the harmful chemicals are absorbed by the blood. The chemicals include carbon monoxide, when this carbon monoxide ties with hemoglobin in blood, it will deprive the oxygen in the blood. This will make the heart to beat faster. Eventually, the smoker will lose his senses of taste and smell. Nicotine present in the cigarette will make the blood vessels shrink. The carcinogens will make the cells abnormal.
Which body parts get affected while smoking?
The cigarette smoke does harm to the following parts of the body:
- Eyes: Smoking injures the blood vessels in the eyes. This can eventually lead to blindness.
- Digestive system: The chemicals in the cigarette line up in the food passage and mouth that can lead to the cancer of the larynx, oral cavity and esophagus. Additionally smoking causes the following diseases:
- Stomach cancer
- Heart: Smoking will lead to increase in blood pressure and cholesterol levels. This can lead to the following diseases:
- Coronary heart disease
- Lungs: The tar content that enters through the airways can damage the cells lining the airways. When a person smokes regularly, the tar content can damage the lungs causing lung cancer. It can also cause chronic bronchitis.
- Brain: When a person smokes, the main neck artery that supplies blood to the brain gets affected that can lead to stroke. When the chemicals in the cigarette enter the blood, the blood can become thicker which can lead to blood clots. The blood clots in the brain can lead to death.
- Bone and muscles: Since the chemicals in cigarette reduce the amount of oxygen reaching the tissues, the people who smoke have an increased risk of developing osteoporosis.
- Liver and kidneys: Smoking can eventually lead to liver cancer. Smoking increases the risk of kidney cancer by 50%. Hence smoking is bad for liver and kidneys.
- Skin and hair: Smoking can lead to wrinkles. Also people who smoke face thinning and greying of hair.
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