The Dangerous Risks Of Smoking
Smoking as we know is a habit which kills. Tobacco consumed in any form is harmful to health. Smoking affects the entire body and not just the lungs. According to American Lung Association, when you burn tobacco, more than 7000 chemicals are generated. Most of the chemicals generated are poisonous and among these, at least 69 of them cause cancer.
Smoking affects the Central Nervous System. Tobacco’s major ingredient is a mood altering drug called Nicotine. When consumed, Nicotine reaches our brain in a second. As nicotine is said to stimulate the nervous system, you feel energetic for a while after you smoke and as the effect subsides, it makes you tired and want more. Because of this, it weakens our sense of taste, smell and most people will find food less enjoyable.
Second one is the Respiratory System. When you inhale smoke, it damages the lungs and over time, lungs lose their ability to filter the harmful chemicals. People who don’t smoke can cough out toxins but as a smoker’s lung are weak, the toxins get trapped in the lungs making them vulnerable to respiratory infections, colds and flu. It also leads to a condition called Emphysema where the air sacs present in the lungs are destroyed. Long term smokers are prone to develop lung cancer.
Thirdly, it affects the Cardiovascular System. Nicotine tightens the blood vessels which restrict the flow of blood causing Increase blood pressure that can cause build-up of bad cholesterol. Due to tightened blood vessels, it can cause stroke as well.
It also weakens you skin and causes wrinkles making smokers look weaker and older when compared to a non-smoker. It also causes oral problems because smoking can lead to gum inflammation or infections. Smoking also causes sexual problems both in Men and women. Smoking men and women may have trouble achieving orgasm and are also prone to higher risk of infertility.