Smoking And The Effects of Cigarettes


Smoking And The Effects of Cigarettes

There are countless side effects of smoking, ranging from the impact on your health or the health of the people around you to the price of each pack and even the damage it can do to your home. It blows my mind that smoking is still so widespread. Although the popularity is declining, it is still estimated that 35% of men and 22% of women still smoke worldwide.

Some Horrible Smoking Information:

Tobacco smoke contains more than 400 chemicals, including more than 40 carcinogenic agents and 200 known toxins.

In the case of drugs, nicotine is considered to be comparable to heroin.

Nicotine from burning cigarettes is emitted in the form of gas which is easily absorbed through the lungs and into the bloodstream. Nicotine alters brain chemistry within seconds of inhaling, creating a feeling of temporary pleasure. Nicotine Over time, like other street drugs, it takes longer to experience a sensation of excitement.

The carbon monoxide found in cigarettes damages the ability of blood cells to carry oxygen throughout the body, including vital organs such as the brain and heart.

Smokers are deprived of high levels of carbon monoxide in their blood (4 to 15 times more than non-smokers).

The average cigarette concentration is 600 times higher which is considered safe in industrial plants, where carbon monoxide poisoning is a constant hazard.

A sad test:

If all the information about the chemicals introduced into your body through smoke does not convince you of the dangers of smoking, try this:

Step 1. Take a puff on a burning cigarette without actually inhaling the smoke in your lungs. Just put it in your mouth.

Step 2. Take a white handkerchief or tissue and hold it close to your face.

Step 3. Exhale with a handkerchief and you will be able to see the tar accumulated in your lungs with each breath of smoke. Imagine the growing effects of smoking a pack every day for years.

The power of addiction

Nicotine has historically been one of the hardest addictions to break, but here are six reasons why quitting is worth fighting:

Statistics show that smokers spend 27% more time in hospital and about 2 times more time in intensive care units than smokers.

Smokers are twice as likely to die before the age of sixty-five as non-smokers.

The risk of lung cancer increases dramatically - from 50% to 100% for some people - with each cigarette a person smokes each day.

Filters on cigarette tips reduce the risk of lung cancer by up to 20%, but do not eliminate the risk involved.

Each cigarette lasts 5 to 25 minutes of a smoker's life.

With each pack of cigarettes a person smokes per day, the risk of heart disease increases by 50%.

The effects of second hand smoke

Studies conducted over the past two decades have shown that active smokers suffer from the same disease when smokers smoke secondhand.

When children are exposed to secondhand smoke, they are at higher risk of getting sick. The most common illnesses associated with second hand smoking in childhood are asthma, colds, bronchitis, pneumonia and other lung diseases, sinus infections and middle ear infections.

When a pregnant woman is exposed to secondhand smoke, the nicotine in her bloodstream is passed on to her unborn baby.

Women who smoke during pregnancy or are exposed to secondhand smoke have higher rates of abortion and stillbirth, low birth weight babies, reduced lung function, and a risk of sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS).

Smoking women who live with smokers have a 91% higher risk of heart disease. They also have a double risk of dying from lung cancer.

Smoking spouses who are exposed to secondhand smoke have a 20% higher mortality rate for both lung cancer and heart disease.

How Does Smoking Affect Your Pet?

Studies have revealed a link between second-hand smoke and certain forms of pet cancer.

In a study by Tufts University and the University of Massachusetts, researchers found a direct link between the likelihood of cats having lymphoma and the number of home smokers. A cat exposed to second-hand smoke doubles its risk of developing lymphoma. If the cat has been with the smoker for five years or more, the risk is tripled. Having two smokers at home increases the risk fourfold.

Birds with their small lungs are particularly susceptible to lung disease, cancer and even death due to being in a smoker's house.

The effects of smoking in your home - and finally your wallet.

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