Smoking– You must have heard it… “smokers are liable to die young”. You could not have heard any correctly.
Medical research says people who smoke today are 15 times more likely to die from lung cancer than life-long non-smokers.
From the common cigarettes to the sophisticated ones, smoking is harmful to the health. Smoking pollutes the blood, stresses the heart, constricts blood vessels and increases the chances of several cancer conditions.
Most lung cancers were caused by the habit of smoking. Smoking exposes the human system to heart diseases, stroke, cancer, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), and other health complications.
According to WebMD,
“The main health risks from smoking are lung cancer, heart disease and stroke. Smoking causes almost 90% of deaths from lung cancer, around 80% of deaths from COPD, and around 17% of deaths from heart disease.”
Once the cigarette is lighted and inhaled, it takes 10 seconds for the nicotine content to be absorbed through the skin and the mucosal linings in the nose, mouth and lungs, and travels through the bloodstream to the brain.
Smokers often face the condition of short breath and easily getting lethargic. This is as a result of the fusion between the Carbon monoxide and the haemoglobin in the bloodstream which in turn stops the blood from carrying enough oxygen around the body.
Aside the nicotine, which is a highly addictive substance, there are over 4,000 poisonous chemicals in the tobacco smoke. Some of these chemicals contain carcinogens which cause cancer.
As the tobacco smoke is breathed in, some tar is deposited in the lungs; thereby disabling the functioning of the organ.
Oxidant gases from the tobacco smoke reacts with the oxygen in the blood and makes the blood clot. This condition leads to a heart attack or a stroke.
Though dying from health complications from smoking depends on the quantity taken and how long the habit has lasted, smoking generally is a deal breaker for the human health.
Smokers also endanger the lives of people who inhale the smoke from their cigarettes. About 600,000 deaths a year are said to be caused by secondhand smoke.
Smoking damages the skin (makes people older than they are); causes Asthma, Osteoporosis, poor oral health, erectile dysfunction and early menopause in women.
Did you know that smoking doubles the chances of sight loss?
And this is what happens to the body when you quit smoking…
As early as one week of not smoking, healthy and positive changes are seen in the body. Though the lungs may never be the same again, the improvements are better than staying an addict.
In a matter of weeks, blood circulation has returned to normal. The oral health, lung function and heart function automatically begins to improve by the 2nd month.
By the 3rd month, the smoker has stopped experiencing the usual cough that comes with quitting. The cough is a way that the lungs cleanses themselves.
The quitter is as good as brand new as there are no more cases of shortness of breath. Another good news is that the Cilia, air sacs in the lungs, have re-grows and heals.