6 scary things that cigarette smoking does to the body
According to the World Health Organization (WHO) , every day an average of 10,000 people die from tobacco use. There are more than 5 million victims of this harmful habit per year.
In Nigeria, diseases caused by smoking annually kill more than 200,000 people between the ages of 35 and 60. Smoking is related to more than 50 types of diseases. Various types of cancer (lung, mouth, larynx), strokes, heart disease (angina, heart attack), respiratory diseases such as bronchitis and emphysema.
Already at the first inhaled cigarette, the temperature of the smoke burns and causes inflammation in the tissues of the entire airway area. Depending on the frequency and time of use, the smoker may develop lung cancer.
Everyone knows that smoking is bad and most people know what the bad things are. However, there are some scary cigarette effects on the body that many are unaware of, did you know of these effects below?
1. Global Aging
Not just the skin, but all the internal organs. Including the brain. Cigarette smoking is one of the main causes of inflammation in the body. The problem comes from the accumulation of free radicals in the body that oxidize (rust) the whole body.
The American doctor, Mike Moreno, in his book “The 17-day plan to stay young” states that “Over time, free radicals can accumulate in the body and lead to serious health problems such as cancer, Diabetes, atherosclerosis, Alzheimer’s and rheumatoid arthritis.”
Studies have shown that consumption of a single cigarette per day leads to decreased bicarbonate release and increased pancreatic enzymes causing serious damage to the pancreas. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, smoking is not only harmful to people with diabetes, but it acts as a causal factor in the development of the disease.
The cigarette affects the entire circulatory system. Its effects on the brain appear within 19 seconds after the first swallow. And the evil extends to several points in the body that can lead the smoker to suffer a stroke, such as increased blood pressure, which is one of the causes of stroke.
Also the narrowing of the arteries and consequent accumulation of fat, especially in the carotid artery, located in the neck. When it cramps, stroke occurs.
4. Breast cancer
The cigarette is related to several types of cancer, such as mouth, larynx, pharynx, esophagus, stomach, bladder, pancreas, liver, cervix, colon and rectum. New research, however, has established a direct link between cigarette smoking and the incidence of breast cancer in women up to 44 years of age.
According to the study, the breast cancer associated with cigarette smoking is the estrogen receptor positive type. For the researcher Christopher Li, of the Cancer Research Center Fred Hutchinson, in the state of Seattle, “there is growing evidence that breast cancer is another danger associated with cigarette”.
When the smoker inhales the smoke the blood pressure suddenly increases. When it is continuous, this damages the blood vessels and increases the risk of heart attack. Male smokers have a 6-fold increased risk of infarction compared to nonsmokers.
Women who smoke (especially if using contraception), have this risk increased tenfold compared to nonsmokers. These numbers fall by half in a year by giving up the addiction.
6. Infertility and early menopause
Smoking increases the risk of infertility in both men and women. However, women have more to lose, since cigarette smoking can cause cervical cancer, early menopause and dysmenorrhea.
In addition, the pregnant woman who smokes has a higher risk of complications such as placental abruption, hemorrhage, preterm birth, miscarriage, low birth weight, death of the newborn, and deficits in the child’s physical development.
7. Passive smokers are also at risk
According to WHO, liabilities also suffer from the effects of cigarettes. This includes the children and family of those who smoke. Seven nonsmokers die each day from secondhand smoke. Smoking passively increases the risk for lung cancer by 30% and the risk for heart attack by 24%.
Article by Akinbode Toluleke check up Twitter on taakinbode
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