7 More Reasons to Quit Smoking
More Than Lung Cancer
You know cigarette smoking causes lung cancer and heart disease. You know it yellows your teeth. You know it wrinkles your skin, stains your fingers, and destroys your sense of smell and taste.
Still, you keep smoking and hanging amongst the preventable-death crowd. Well, just in case you still can be persuaded, here are seven more not-so-fun things you could get from smoking that you might not have known about.
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Smoking doesn’t directly cause the itchy, plaque-skin autoimmune disorder. However, there are two things that researchers know for certain about psoriasis: First, that it has a genetic link. Second, that smoking tobacco more than doubles the likelihood for psoriasis to be present in those who carry the gene.
You might have heard of gangrene. It’s when tissue in your body decomposes and smells like you can probably guess it would. It’s caused when an extremity gets critically insufficient blood supply. Long-term smoking does that by constricting blood vessels to the point of strangulation.
In the same way that regular, long-term smoking constricts blood vessels to cause gangrene, it can cut off blood supply to male genitalia. Think Viagra or Cialis will work? Sorry, but the chemical reactions in the body that occur as a response to smoking renders most erectile dysfunction medicine useless.
While your blood vessels are responding to the carcinogens and possibly changing in ways that will lead to a rotting away of your flesh and ruining of your sex life, they could also shoot a blood clot up to your brain and kill you. If the blood clot doesn’t kill you, it might still leave you with serious brain damage.
Take a good look around you. Remember how bright and lively the colors are. Keep smoking cigarettes and macular degeneration might kick in, leaving you unable to see because smoking choked the blood flow to your retina. It could also leave you permanently blind.
Degenerative Disc Disease
Our spines weren’t meant to last forever—and smoking speeds up the degeneration process. The discs between your vertebrae lose fluid and become unable to properly protect and support the vertebrae, leaving you with chronic back pain, herniated discs, and possibly osteoarthritis. Which will all go well with your wrinkly skin and wheezing breath.
Let's Not Forget About the Cancers
You’ve heard about the lung cancer—it’s usually the first thing people mention when giving you reasons to quit smoking. But don’t forget cancer of the liver, kidneys, bladder, lips, mouth, throat, larynx, esophagus, stomach, pancreas, colon, and cervix. Leukemia is in there, too. Your risk for all of these cancers increases the more you smoke.
Ok, so one of those reasons scared you a bit. That’s good.
Now it’s time to quit.
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