What are the short-term and long-term effects of smoking? How much does tobacco use affect a smoker’s physical and mental well-being?
These are just some of the questions that need to be answered before one concludes that smoking is safe. As a matter of fact, smoking has been considered as one of the major causes of cancer nowadays.
The effects of smoking include short-term adverse health effects caused by the tar build-up inside a smoker’s body; there can also be long-term effects caused by the residual effect of the nicotine that stays inside a smoker’s body.
Below are some of the effects of smoking that need to be addressed:
Smokers face the danger of heart attack or stroke brought about by high levels of tar in cigarettes and tobacco cigarettes.
Aside from this, there are also several diseases that can be attributed to being a smoker such as respiratory problems and cancers. Cancer is the primary reason why a lot of smokers start to smoke because it causes a lot of health risks.
Ingestion of nicotine and other chemicals harms nearly every organ in the body. The lungs and mouth are the two organs affected the most because of the high concentration of nicotine present in tobacco smoke.
Other than these two, the heart and the lung are the other organs that are greatly affected by the dangerous effects of smoking.
When a person smokes, his blood pressure goes up and down due to the increase of blood flow brought about by nicotine. Also, the person’s breathing becomes shallow and it becomes difficult to breathe.
o Smoking causes a rise in the risk of developing lung cancer. This is because the tar and the dust that remain in the lungs are the main causes of cancer.
Also, the air that is smoked in is loaded with chemicals and pollutants that further aggravate the damage on the lungs.
In addition to lung cancer, the other lung problems that can be attributed to smoking are bronchitis, emphysema, and others.
All these conditions will increase the chances of acquiring diseases such as chronic bronchitis, which can be very serious especially if not treated properly.
o Secondhand smoke also poses a greater threat on public health compared to that of firsthand smoke. Studies show that around 90% of people who smoke are exposed to the secondhand smoke at least once in a week.
However, this exposure to secondhand smoke can pose a much greater threat to pregnant women and their unborn babies. Pregnant women are at a higher risk of suffering from miscarriage, premature delivery or stillbirths.
On the other hand, secondhand smoke poses a greater threat to adults than children.
o There are various known health effects of cigarette smoking.
These include the increased risk of heart attack and stroke; increased risks of having a heart disease and stroke; cancer and lung infections; psychological harm and damage to the respiratory system and memory loss.
There is an increased risk of diabetes on the person who smokes especially in those who are obese.
There are also other known health effects of cigarette smoking like mouth cancer, squamous cell lung cancer, cataracts and glaucoma and almost every other disease that you can imagine.
Cigarette smoking is one of the leading causes of death in the united states (forthcoming article). Cigarette smoking can cause a number of causally associated diseases like cancers, heart diseases and strokes.
Cigarettes contain over four thousand chemicals which are known to be dangerous to human health. They also contain thousands of toxins which can cause serious health problems.
Furthermore, studies have proven that cigarettes may cause shortened lifespans and increase the risk of heart diseases.
o Quitting the habit of smoking cigarettes is the solution to any of the above mentioned problems.
If you are a smoker or if your loved ones are suffering from any of the above symptoms and if you never smoked cigarettes before, it is high time that you consider stopping this bad habit.
Withdrawal from cigarette smoking cigarettes will increase your life span and at the same time, reduce the risk of diseases and death in the United States.