Risks in Smoking
people are fully aware that smoking can lead to lung cancer, but in
health risks in smoking are much further reaching.
of the lungs is only one of the risks run by smokers. Smoking is a high
factor for several kinds of cancer including mouth, larynx, pharynx,
kidney, pancreas, bladder, cervix and stomach as well as some types of
well as cancer, smoking can cause other lung diseases as in pneumonia,
emphysema and chronic bronchitis. These diseases which come under the
chronic obstructive pulmonary disease or COPD can cause chronic illness
disabilities and can also be fatal. Long-term smokers carry the highest
disease: narrowing or clogging of blood vessels can lead to all kinds
affects blood vessels feeding the leg and arm muscles.
in the blood vessels feeding the heart can lead to heart disease and
attacks, and blocked vessels to the brain can cause a stroke. Men who
find blood vessel disease will cause erectile dysfunction.
can be affected by smoking: health risks in smoking include increased
macular degeneration, sometimes leading to blindness. Also premature
wrinkling of the skin, halitosis or bad breath, tooth and gum disease,
yellowing and brittle fingernails, not to mention revolting smelling
or nursing mothers have some unique health risks in smoking, to
themselves as well
as the new life they are carrying. Women (particularly over 35) who
also take oral contraceptives have a very high risk of heart attack,
thrombosis. Smoking carries a high risk of miscarriage or babies born
underweight; which are more likely to have physical problems, learning
difficulties or even risk of death. Nicotine can be passed into breast
well as cervical fluids,
amniotic fluids and umbilical cord.
of the main health risks in smoking is a shortening of life expectancy:
estimates an adult male will lose an average of 13.2 years of life and
14.5 years, due to smoking. Add to that the risk of diseases during
lifetime which can impair the quality of life long before that. Even
contracting a disease, smoker’s activities are limited by difficulties
breathing and moving around, both at work and play.
health benefits in quitting are more than just decreasing the health
20 minutes after quitting your blood pressure will drop and your heart
hours afterwards the carbon monoxide level in the blood returns to
two weeks and three months after quitting, blood circulation will
lung function increase.
between one and nine months after quitting you will notice a marked
coughing and shortness of breath. Lungs will start to regain their
function (these are hair-fine elements in the lungs that dispel mucus)
increase their ability to handle mucus and reduce risk of infection.
will begin to be cleansed from the inside.
the first year of not smoking, you have reduced the risk of ordinary
disease by half, compared to a smoker.
years on, your risk of stroke is reduced dramatically, and between 5-15
the risk will be the same as that of a non-smoker.
10 years the death rate from lung cancer is reduced by half, compared
from the health risks in smoking, what about the money you spend? Look
price you spend a day on cigarettes and multiply that by 365. Wow! How
you spend in a year! Multiply it by 10, and think what you could have
all that money instead of burning it over 10 years!
this cost, along with the health risks in smoking must surely give you
to quit. Find yourself a quit smoking plan and start it right away!
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