“Cigarette smoking is injurious to health.”
It a common sentence that we often read at shops, offices, malls and restaurants. It’s a signal that reminds us about the dangers of smoking. But most people ignore it and continue smoking till they get horrible results. Everyone agrees with the fact that cigarette smoking is injurious to health but we did not pay attention towards it and take it lightly. Isn’t it strange that after getting familiar with the harms of cigarette we are still using it? You will be surprised after reading that almost 48000 people die annually in the U.S because of cigarette smoking.
This article is all about the harms of cigarette smoking. You will be shocked after reading the dangerous effects of tobacco. I hope this article helps you in getting an idea about how health hazard smoking is. Let's start with the definition of tobacco.
What is tobacco?
"Tobacco is a product prepared from the leaves of the tobacco plant by curing them. The plant is part of the genus Nicotiana and of the Solanaceae family. While more than 70 species of tobacco are known, the chief commercial crop is N. tabacum. The more potent variant N. rustica is also used around the world."
Doesn’t matter how you use tobacco, it is dangerous for your health. Even 0.001% of substances used in tobacco are not useful for your health. Replacing cigarette with cigar or pipe doesn’t mean that it’s safe. Tobacco can never be safe. People think that tobacco is affecting only their lungs but its harms are much dangerous than that.
How smoking affects your health?
Smoking causes damage to almost every organ in our body. It affects the overall health of a person slowly and steadily. A number of diseases are directly linked to smoking. Some of the most dangerous diseases are discussed below.
Smoking damages the lungs
Lungs are directly affected by tobacco and smoking because the smoke you are inhaling is going to lungs. Our lungs get contaminated not only if we smoke rather if we live with a smoker and breathe in the smoke rising out of the cigarette, we will also get affected.
Sometimes if the father is a smoker his children also get respiratory disorders because of living in that smoky environment. Smokers are more likely to get lung cancer because their lungs are completely damaged. Each cigarette is taking you towards death and deducting the days of your life.
Smoking affects the nervous system
Our nervous system is affected badly because of the nicotine present in tobacco. Nicotine is a drug that is often named as a mood-altering drug. People get addicted to nicotine in no time and after getting addicted the person will suffer a lot in getting rid of it. Nicotine users get instant energy after smoking but with time this energy goes down and they have to smoke regularly.
Because of the regular intake of nicotine, the smokers often get violent and their mood changes anytime and anywhere. This is one of the most dangerous factors which affect the overall functioning of the nervous system.
Smoking cause loss of appetite
Smokers are often less involved in meals because their sense of taste is decreased. They are attracted more towards cigarette rather than having proper meals. They do not enjoy their meals and prefer smoking rather than eating. This loss of appetite simply means you are getting dull and dry each day. Less intake of food means a deficiency of essential nutrients and minerals. Hence, your overall health is affecting because of smoking.
Smoking leads towards cancer
Not only lung cancer is associated with smoking rather a number of cancers are generated because of it. About 7000 chemicals are generated when a person smokes. Almost 70% of these chemicals are poisonous and health hazard. These chemicals are directly linked to cancer. Blood, mouth, kidney, throat and many cancers are associated with smoking. You can have cancer anywhere in your body.
Smoking cause heart disorders
Smoking is connected to the breathing system but its effects can be seen in the whole body. The heart is one of the major organs of our body and its proper functioning is really important. But, smoking restricts the proper functioning of the heart by tightening the blood vessels. The passage of blood in the arteries is narrowed which cause heart attacks. Smoking also causes an abrupt shoot in blood pressure.
Blood clotting and weakening of blood vessels are also because of smoking. Almost every cardiovascular disorder is coupled with smoking.
Smoking effects on skin, vision and hair
Before researching on this topic, I use to think that smoking did not affect the skin. But today I am shocked to read that fact “smoking can cause skin cancer”. When a person starts smoking, his/ her skin changes slowly and steadily. The natural structure of a person’s skin is changed because of using tobacco. Even handling tobacco products or cigarette can turn your nails and figures yellow. These are the stains of tobacco that changes the colour of your skin.
Besides that, smoking is concerned with vision also. The risk of eye problems is drastically increased with smoking. You can have different eye disorders in future and all this is because of smoking.
Smoking complicates pregnancy
The ratio of smoking is a bit lesser in females. But a vast number of female smokers are present in western areas. Smoking during pregnancy is more dangerous because it is affecting the health of both the mother and the child. The risk of miscarriage is increased because of smoking. Even it can cause asthma and ear infections.
Besides that, the baby is also not safe he/she can face the problem in growth and formation of body parts. The baby would not be able to get oxygen if mom is a smoker. It can cause the death of a newborn.
These are those dangerous effects of smoking that can ruin our health. After reading these scary effects I hope you will pay attention towards that “Cigarette smoking is injurious to health”.
Keep yourself away from smoking and help your friends and family getting out of that dangerous habit if they are an addict to it. Anything is possible if we have a strong urge so instead of making lame excuses for smoking, just take a step and leave smoking behind. Because nothing is more powerful than you.
I hope this article adds to your knowledge. Stay blessed. Stay protected.