What Smoking Really Does To Your Body?s Health?

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However, even though withdrawal may be difficult, the use of tobacco and nicotine can cause numerous health problems. Although lung cancer may be one of the best known ailments associated with smoking, it also affects your heart, blood vessels, appearance, and senses, as well as fertility and childbirth.

a) Lungs: Smoking causes 87 percent of lung cancers. In addition to lung cancer, smoking can also cause emphysema and chronic bronchitis. Smokers are up to 20 times more likely to get lung cancer?a likelihood that is affected by the length of time a person has smoked, and the number of cigarettes smoked on a daily basis.

b) Heart and circulatory system: The heart and circulatory system can also be under attack by smoking, since smoking can result in an increased risk of cardiovascular disease. The reason for this connection is unknown, but researchers believe the nicotine may cause adrenal glands to produce heart-stressing hormones that make blood pressure and heart rate rise.

c) Cancer: As mentioned in reference to the lungs, smoking is the main cause of lung cancer. However, it is also a major cause of cancer in the esophagus, larynx, throat, and mouth. Smoking can also contribute to cancer in the bladder, pancreas, liver, kidney, cervix, stomach, colon and rectum. Finally, smoking may also be partially responsible for some leukemia.

d) Appearance: Smoke ravages a person?s appearance and makes him or her look years past their age. Skin is greatly affected by smoking. The skin becomes starved of oxygen, which makes it look dry, irritated, and prematurely wrinkled?particularly around the mouth and eyes. It can also cause stained teeth, fingers, and fingernails. Smokers may have bad breath, gum disease, and bad-smelling clothes and hair.

e) Fertility: Smoking negatively impacts the fertility of men and women. Women smokers may experience increases risks of infertility and miscarriage, while men risk infertility and impotence because of damaged blood vessels in the penis. Smoking can also affect sperm quality and density, as smokers may produce less sperm and sperm with more abnormalities. If women smokers do conceive, it usually takes longer and they are more likely candidates for a miscarriage.

f) Pregnancy and newborn complications: Even after successful conception, smoking parents will still have difficulties. Mothers who smoke during pregnancy risk low birth weight, premature delivery, and impaired lung function in their babies. Babies with mothers who smoke are also more likely to be stillborn, die shortly after birth, or die from cot death.

g) Senses: When you smoke, your senses of taste and smell are deadened. Food is not as appetizing and you become unaware of perfume or scented candles. In addition, a smoker doesn?t notice the smell given off by her own clothes and hair, which can be very unappealing.

h) Conclusion: Smoking affects more than just your lungs. It affects your entire body?and those of the people who inhale secondhand smoke. By quitting smoking, you can reverse many of the effects mentioned above. Even if the risks of smoking cannot be completely erased, by quitting you can reduce them as much as possible and return your body to a happy, healthy state.