- Smoking Causes Cancer
An estimated 1 in 3 deaths from cancer are attributed to smoking, notes the U.S. Surgeon General’s 2010 report on the relationship between smoking and disease. The report points out that smoking causes 87 percent of lung cancer deaths and is also responsible for cancer in many other parts of the body. If you smoke, you are at higher risk for cancers of the esophagus, throat, mouth, and stomach, among others. In addition to the addictive ingredient of nicotine, cigarettes contain about 600 ingredients. When burned, 4,000 chemicals are created, approximately 50 of which are carcinogenic.
- Heart and Blood Health
Not just your lungs are affected by smoking. Your heart and blood vessel health is affected as well. Smoking changes the structure of your blood vessels. So, the more you smoke, the more your blood vessels are affected. So, how does that change your body and your health? Smoking can lead to plaque buildup in your blood vessels, which restricts blood flow throughout your body. When this happens, it is called “atherosclerosis,” which commonly causes heart attacks and peripheral artery disease. The buildup can also cause blood clots, which can be deadly if they are not caught in time. In addition to this, you are at risk for high blood pressure, as smoking interferes with how oxygen is carried through the blood and to organs.
- On Pregnant Womans
According to the American Cancer Society, 5 percent of infant deaths can be prevented if pregnant women did not smoke. Infants of mothers who smoke are more likely to die of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome. Smoking also causes low birth weight in one in five babies. In addition, it research shows that smoking can affect a child’s health and that secondhand smoke is dangerous.
- Weak Bones
Women smokers have higher rates of osteoporosis and hip fractures after menopause. According to a hallmark 1997 study published in “BMJ,” 1 in 8 hip fractures among women is due to smoking. At age 60, the risk of hip fractures in female smokers is 17 percent higher than in nonsmokers and is 71 percent higher at age 80.
- Weakens your heart
According to the CDC (Center for Disease Control), a smoker is two to four times likelier to suffer from coronary artery disease and stroke than a non-smoker. Moreover, people who smoke have a 25 times greater risk of suffering from lung cancer. Here’s how; the chemicals present in cigarette smoke affects the entire composition of your blood; making it thicker and more prone to formation of blood clots. Apart from that it also causes the constriction of your blood vessels, increases your blood pressure (since it makes your heart beat faster), and leads to the formation of plaque – increasing your chances of suffering from cardiovascular and heart disease.
- On Lungs
Your lungs can be very badly affected by smoking. Coughs, colds, wheezing and asthma are just the start. Smoking can cause fatal diseases such as pneumonia, emphysema and lung cancer. Smoking causes 84% of deaths from lung cancer and 83% of deaths from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).
Quit smoking because althought it gives your pleasure, it’s a facade. These cigarettes are destroying you inside.