the Effects of
smoking on the Body
Tobacco smoke is enormously harmful to your health. There’s no safe way to smoke. Replacing your cigarette with a cigar, pipe, or hookah won’t help you avoid the health risks associated with tobacco products.
Cigarettes contain about 600 ingredients. When they burn, they generate more than 7,000 chemicals, according to the American Lung Association. Many of those chemicals are poisonous and at least 69 of them can cause cancer. Many of the same ingredients are found in cigars and in tobacco used in pipes and hookahs. According to the National Cancer Institute, cigars have a higher level of carcinogens, toxins, and tar than cigarettes.
When using a hookah pipe, you’re likely to inhale more smoke than you would from a cigarette. Hookah smoke has many toxic compounds and exposes you to more carbon monoxide than cigarettes do. Hookahs also produce more secondhand smoke.
In the United States, the mortality rate for smokers is three times that of people who never smoked, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. It’s one of the leading causes of preventable death.
That surge of energy is due to a nervous system stimulant, which can also make you addicted. If you’re under a lot of stress, it’ll take more to get more. Read more.
Smoking may be the reason you don’t see as well as you used to. Read more.
Your sense of smell and sense of taste can be dulled by smoking, which may affect your appetite. Read more.
If you missed your cigarette break, or if you’re trying to withdraw, you might find yourself a bit on edge. Read more.
All that tobacco smoke can make you cough, but it doesn’t effectively clear your lungs. Read more.
Smokers experience more colds and flus than nonsmokers do. Read more.
Chronic obstructive pulmonary diseases are more common in smokers. Read more.
Smokers are more likely to develop lung cancer than nonsmokers are. Read more.
Smokers aren’t the only ones who have a higher rate of bronchitis. Children of smokers do, too. Read more.
Nicotine causes blood vessels to tighten and restricts blood flow. That’s bad for your heart and your brain. Read more.
Blood clots increase risk of heart damage and stroke. Read more.
Tobacco smoke steals your good cholesterol and makes it more likely that your bad cholesterol will build up. Read more.
Smokers are more likely than nonsmokers to develop cancers of the blood. Read more.
Smokers and nonsmokers who are regularly exposed to secondhand smoke are at risk of heart attack and heart disease. Read more.
Those yellowish fingers and fingernails come from handling tobacco products over many years. Read more.
Yellowish or brownish stains on the teeth are telltale signs of long-term smoking. Read more.
All that smoke in your face causes your skin to age prematurely. Read more.
Just being around a smoker can make your hair smell of smoke. Read more.
Smokers may develop infection or inflammation of the gums, which can cause tooth decay and tooth loss. Read more.
Smokers are at risk of developing type 2 diabetes. Diabetes tends to progress more rapidly in smokers than in nonsmokers. Read more.
Smokers have a higher rate of certain cancers, including cancer of the mouth, throat, and kidneys. Read more.
You need blood flow to get an erection, and smoking can make that a problem. Read more.
Male and female smokers are more likely than nonsmokers to have fertility issues. Read more.
Female smokers tend to enter menopause earlier than nonsmokers. Read more.
Women who smoke raise their likelihood of developing cervical cancer. Read more.
Smoking during pregnancy can cause a lot of problems for both mother and baby. Read more.
Having a mother who smokes during pregnancy puts a baby at higher risk for health problems. Read more.
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