Thursday, November 19, 2009

Harmful Effects of Smoking Cigarettes and Tobacco

"Harmful Effects of Smoking Cigarettes and Tobacco"

The harmful effects of smoking cigarettes and tobacco are very numerous and very dangerous, often leading to negative consequences. The harmful effects of smoking are seen by some addicted smokers as something which the medical world invented to dissuade them from their wonderful past-time. A major reason why they find it difficult to believe that smoking has harmful effects is because some of these harmful effects of smoking do not manifest themselves immediately after smoking a stick of cigarettes but after a very long period of time. And when these smoking effects begin to manifest themselves, these addicted smokers may not readily attribute these effects to their long smoking habit. The following are some of the harmful effects of smoking cigarettes and tobacco:

  • Each year, thousands of people die from smoking related diseases such as cancer of the lungs, cancer of the larynx, cancer of the oral cavity and cancer of the esophagus. The harmful effects of smoking cigarettes and tobacco are also a contributory factor for the development of cancers of the kidney, bladder and pancreas. Cigarette smoking is also the major cause of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) which is also known as Chronic Obstructive Lung Disease (COLD) and the cause of death among those who suffer it.
  • Another harmful effect of smoking cigarettes and tobacco is that when a person smokes, nicotine and carbon monoxide mixes and temporarily increase his heart-beat rate and blood pressure, straining his heart and blood vessels which may lead to cardiac arrest (heart attack) and stroke.
  • Some smokers may have their limbs amputated because the mixture of nicotine and carbon monoxide in each cigarette they inhale may slow blood flow, cutting off oxygen to their feet and hands.
  • If you take a look at the lung of a smoker, it is coated with tar like soot in a chimney and causes cancer.
  • Carbon monoxide deprives a smoker’s brain, muscles and body tissue of oxygen thereby forcing the heart to triple its effort or to work harder. With time, the air passage swells up and prevents adequate air from entering the lungs.
  • The diseases caused by smoking bring about a slow and painful death. For instance, emphysema is an illness that slowly rots your lung resulting to frequent attack of bronchitis and having lung and heart failure as the end result.
  • Tobacco smoke contains tar, and those who smoke are ten times more likely to suffer and die from lung cancer than those who do not smoke.
  • Smoking causes fat deposits to narrow and obstruct blood vessels leading to heart attack.
  • One in five deaths from heart disease is caused by smoking.
  • Cigarette smoking among pregnant women also has harmful effects. It increases the risk of low birth weight, premature birth, spontaneous abortion and still-birth.

The list above should begin to make those who doubt to believe that there are harmful effects in smoking cigarettes and tobacco and it is time they did something about it.

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