Is Smoking Bad For You?

Is Smoking Bad For You?

Is Smoking Bad

For You?

Nathan Batalion, Global Health Activist, Healingtalks Editor

(Healingtalks) We know that smoking can cause some major illnesses, including heart disease, cancer, and certainly respiratory disease that all lead to untimely or premature death.  It is reported that nearly half a million people in the USA  die prematurely (about 1/5th of annual deaths) and 100,000 in the UK due to smoking. According to the CDC (Centers for Disease Control), nearly a 100 billion dollars are also wasted annually because of lost productivity.

Smoking is  the single largest preventable global cause of death. In addition,  second-hand smoke exposure is a major health hazard.

Smoking causes cancer

A stunning 90% of lung cancer victims developed their condition due to smoking. Smokers also have a significantly higher risk of  many other forms of cancer, including kidney, esophagus, nose, mouth, cervical, bowel, pancreas, liver and so on.

Why does smoking raise cancer risk?

The answer is simple. There are over 4,000 different and often toxic ingredients in cigarette smoke that can harm us. Tobacco smoke, however, consists mainly of three ingredients:

  • Nicotine  is not known as a carcinogenic. Rather it is addictive. Nicotine gets smoker’s quickly hooked.  It reaches the brain in just 15 seconds after inhalation. Nicotine is used also a controlled insecticide where its use leads to vomiting, seizures, and an overall depression of the central nervous system, as well as growth retardation. It impairs a fetus’ development.
  • Carbon Monoxide is a tasteless poisonous gas. The body finds it hard to differentiate carbon monoxide from oxygen and absorbs it readily into the bloodstream.  Carbon monoxide causes fatigue, weakness, and dizziness. It is also a cardiovascular depressant. It is especially toxic for babies in the womb, infants and smokers with impaired immune systems.
  • Tar is carcinogenic.  Worse yet, when a smoker inhales, about 70% of the tar remains in their lungs. If you try a smoker’s handkerchief test (fill the mouth with smoke but don’t inhale, and rather blow the smoke through the handkerchief) and you will see the sticky dark brown stains.  Do this again, but this time inhale and the handkerchief only has a faint light brown stain. The rest rains in your lungs and other respiratory channels.

Smoking and heart/cardiovascular disease

Smoking is a known cause of atherosclerosis, thus contributing to  coronary heart disease. People with coronary heart disease are much more likely to have a heart attack.

Smoking worsens a major heart disease risk factor. It does so by raising blood pressure. This makes it harder to exercise and to function overall.  A much higher percentage of smokers have strokes compared to others of the same age.  Those who smoke run a higher risk of developing aortic aneurysm and arterial disease. When we inhale smoke regularly, the cerebrovascular system is damaged. Additionally female smokers who use contraceptives has a still higher risk of developing coronary heart disease and stroke. Also if you smoke your levels of HDL or good cholesterol will drop. If you have a history of heart disease and smoke, forget it.You are literally playing with fire to snuff out your life premaurely.

Sources:

American Heart Association, Cancer Research UK, Medical News Today archives.

Other Healingtalks Articles on Smoking:

What is in a Cigarette

What’s Not in a Cigarette

Smoking Illusions

What is Really in a Cigarette

US Releases Graphic Images to Deter Smoking

Pictures of Smokers’ and Non-Smokers’ Lungs

Cigarette Ingredients

How to Fight Teen Smoking

What are Cigarettes, Straight Up

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