What started off as a habit… now has its truly ugly addiction fixed on the smoker. It is like they have become a slave to their addiction. Is that what they truly want? Do they systematically want to damage their body?
Smoking just one to four cigarettes a day almost triples a smoker’s risk of heart disease and lung cancer
Cigarette smoke can turn normal breast cells cancerous by blocking their ability to repair themselves, eventually triggering tumor development.
Smoking more than triples the risk of developing, a carcinoma… one of the most common forms of skin cancer.
Daily smokers have twice the risk for major depression. Smoking And Depression Weakens the Immune System … cigarette smoke can weaken your bones and increase your risk for fractures.
A lit cigarette is like a chemical factory, releasing poisonous fumes into your lungs and air.
For example, carbon monoxide decreases the amount of oxygen in your blood. This means your heart has to work harder to pump blood around the body.
Tar condenses into a brown sticky substance that deposits in the lungs. Tar clogs up the small hairs (cilia) that protect and clean the lungs.
Nicotine causes addiction, making it difficult for some people to stop smoking and avoid the illnesses it causes. Even when faced with amputation if they don’t quit, some smokers cannot give up. There are 4,000 chemicals in cigarettes.
Formaldehyde can cause cancer and damage to your skin, lungs, stomach and bowels.
Hydrogen cyanide is one of the most toxic chemicals in cigarette smoke. It can cause headaches, nausea, dizziness and vomiting.
Benzene can cause cancer, particularly leukemia.
Smokers are more likely to get cancer than non-smokers. This is particularly true of lung cancer, throat cancer and mouth cancer, which hardly ever affect non-smokers. Ninety percent of lung cancer cases are due to smoking.
One in ten moderate smokers and almost one in five heavy smokers (more than 15 cigarettes a day) will die of lung But there are other types of cancer that are common in smokers:
You may get bladder cancer …. Or cancer of the oesophagus … or cancer of the kidneys … also cancer of the pancreas , or cervical cancer.
Cadmium in a cigarette can cause brain, kidney and liver damage.
Lead in a cigarette can cause damage to the brain, kidney and red blood cells.
Smoking accelerates the hardening and narrowing process in your arteries. Or it can cause a blood clot in the arteries supplying the heart, which can lead to a heart attack. Around 30 per cent are caused by smoking. Smoking can cause the vessels to the brain to become blocked, which can lead to collapse, stroke and paralysis.
If the kidney arteries are affected, then high blood pressure or kidney failure results. Blockage to the vascular supply to the legs may lead to gangrene and amputation. Smokers tend to develop coronary thrombosis 10 years earlier than non-smokers, and make up 9 out of 10 heart bypass patients.
They can get chronic bronchitis – which is coughing with a lot of mucus.
Or worse, emphysema – a breathlessness caused by damage to the air sacs (alveoli).
Alveoli are the place where oxygen passes from the lungs into the bloodstream. Human infants are born with only about one-fifth of the 300 million alveoli they will need as adults. They construct almost all those 300 million alveoli between birth and age 8. So if you are pregnant and smoke, or are exposed to second hand smoke while carrying your baby in the womb, the baby is at risk that after birth it will develop hyper-reactive, or “ticklish,” airways, which typically occurs in children and adults with asthma.
It’s estimated that 94 per cent of 20-a-day smokers have some emphysema when the lungs are examined after death, while more than 90 per cent of non-smokers have little or none.
Did you know that Nicotine Exposure During baby’s Development may also Lead To Hearing Problems for your baby?
Heavy smokers are twice as likely to get macular degeneration, resulting in the gradual loss of eyesight. Smokers run an increased risk of cataracts.
Smoking stains your teeth and gums. Smoking increases your risk of periodontal disease, which causes swollen gums, bad breath and teeth to fall out.
Smoking causes an acid taste in the mouth and contributes to the development of ulcers.
Smoking also affects your looks: smokers have paler skin and more wrinkles. This is because smoking reduces the blood supply to the skin and lowers levels of vitamin A.
For men in their 30s and 40s, smoking increases the risk of erectile dysfunction by about 50 per cent. Erection can’t occur unless blood can flow freely into the penis, so these blood vessels have to be in good condition. Smoking can damage the blood vessels and cause them to degenerate: nicotine narrows the arteries that lead to the penis, reducing blood flow and the pressure of blood in the penis. This narrowing effect increases over time, so if you haven’t got problems now, things could change later. Erection problems in smokers may be an early warning signal that cigarettes are already damaging other areas of the body – such as the blood vessels that supply the heart.
Benefits of Releasing the smoking habit:
As well as reducing your risk of getting a smoking-related illness, there are other benefits to quitting smoking.
General health improves – tiredness and headaches can be linked to smoking.
Your sense of taste and smell improve.
Your heart will be less strained and work more efficiently.
Stopping smoking is the single biggest thing you can do to improve your health
*Note of caution: Marijuana seems to be one of the highest used today for relaxation purposes. There are more and more people coming to give up the use of marijuana because of symptoms that include memory loss and hearing voices. (Drug-induced schizophrenia) – are you willing for this to happen to you?