Cigarettes have several harmful effects on nearly every organ on your body & decreasing your life day by day as smoking cigarettes affects several body systems at once like the respiratory system, reproductive system, circulatory system, skin, eyes & increase the risk of several types of cancers as well.
According to the World Health Organization (WHO), India is home to 12% of the world’s smokers. More than 10 lakhs die each year due to tobacco in India.
Why smoking tobacco is that dangerous because when you smoke you inhale 7000 chemicals like Hydrogen cyanide, Carbon Monoxide, Lead, Nickel, Tar, Formaldehyde, Cresol along with Nicotine.
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Here we will look at 10 possible effects of Smoking Cigarette :
We all know smoking cigarette affects lung health as when you smoke you are inhaling several chemicals like Nicotine, Carbon Monoxide, Hydrogen cyanide, Tar & several chemicals.
Smoking causes lung disease by alveoli & the air sacs & causes Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).
Cigarette smoking causes most cases of lung cases every year.
According to research around 90% of lung cancer deaths are linked to smoking.
You might get shocked but COPD in women is somehow more common than in men. Like women are 37 percent more likely to have COPD than men.
Lung disease causes from smoking are COPD, Asthma, Chronic Bronchitis, Emphysema.
Smoking cigarettes damages the heart, blood vessels & blood cells.
Smoking cigarette causes strokes, increases the chances of heart attack, increases blood clots in the blood vessels, raises blood pressure.
Cigarette contains chemicals like tar. This chemical builds plaque & damages blood vessels
Smoking cigarette makes blood vessels thinner. This makes your heart beat faster & your blood pressure goes up.
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Causes Erectile Dysfunction
Erectile Dysfunction or impotence, causes due to several physical & psychological factors in which smoking is one of them.
In males, the longer you smoke the more your chances of Erectile Dysfunction.
Smoking affects the blood vessels, as well as the quality of sperms &, therefore causes infertility.
Smoking causes Ectopic pregnancy in females.
In Ectopic Pregnancy, the fertilized egg isn’t attached to the uterus. Which was supposed to attach to the uterus by itself?
Instead, the fertilized egg may attach somewhere like in the fallopian tubes, the abdominal cavity, or in the cervix. Can cause life-threatening bleeding & needed medical care right away.
As per Research, the Fertilized egg doesn’t grow properly anywhere else except the uterus like :
- reducing the baby birth weight
- increases the risk of premature delivery
- damaging lungs, brain & central nervous system of infants
Harmful Effects on Skin
Smoking speeds up Skin aging smokers are prone to wrinkles on their faces.
Toxins in the cigarette smoke damages collagen & elastin. They are fibrous components in the skin.
Smoking cigarette damages the skin makes skin saggy as skin losses its elasticity, firm & hydration.
Smoking doubles the risk of several types of Skin cancer like squamous cell carcinoma.
There is also a high risk of Oral Leucoplakia or Oral Cancer.
Type 2 Diabetes
If you have diabetes its important to keep your sugar level in check. However, for smokers, it becomes an even more difficult task.
According to Research Smokers are around 30-40% more likely to develop Diabetes than a non-smoker.
Smokers trouble more with insulin shots than non-smokers to control their diabetes.
Uncontrolled blood sugars lead to developing serious issues in your kidneys, heart & blood vessels.
Smoking is as bad for your eyes as it is for the rest of your body.
Smokers are likely to develop Macular degeneration (AMD) twice than non-smokers.
Smoking can develop serious eye conditions like Macular degeneration (AMD), Cataracts that can lead to Blindness.
Macular Degeneration is an eye related disease that affects central vision.
Central Vision helps you to see objects clearly for doing daily common daily tasks like Reading, Driving & Recognizing Faces.
Cataracts cause blurry vision. Without surgery, cataracts lead to serious vision loss.
Smoking can lead to cause Rheumatoid Arthritis.
Research shows that smoking is harmful to your bones, joints, and connective tissue as well.
Smoking decreases the effectiveness of few drugs that used to treat Arthritis which can become a barrier of you getting relief from arthritis.
Weak Immune System
Smoking harms the immune system & makes the body weak for fighting from diseases.
Immune System is the defense mechanism of our body & smoking causes inflammation in the body.
Different Types of Cancer
1 out of 8 Cancer cases are causes by Smoking.
Nearly 45% of all cancers among men & 17% in females are caused due to smoking in India.
Smoking increases the chances of stomach cancer by around 61%.
Stomach cancer is one of the most common and deadly cancers in the world, especially for men.
Smoking causes 60% of Oral & Pharynx Cancers.
Smoking Causes 16 Types of Cancers :
- Cancer of the lung
- Cancer of the stomach
- Cancer of the liver
- Cancers of the esophagus
- Cancer of the cervix and ovary
- Cancers of the bladder, kidney, and ureter
- Cancer of the pancreas
- Cancers of the mouth, throat, nose, and sinuses
- Cancer of the bowel (colorectal cancer)
- Acute myeloid leukemia