Saturday, May 11, 2013

EFFECTS OF SMOKING

You probably see some very visible effects of smoking, your stained fingers, yellow teeth, dry skin and accelerated aging.  Depends on how long you have smoked but even those who have only smoked cigarettes a short time will see these effects quickly.

Unfortunately, in addition to these minor visible effects from smoking, there is much more going on inside your body that you can not see.

Smokers experience the following unseen effects from smoking:

  • Blood pressure raises
  • Arteries constrict and blood flow to your extremities decreases
  • The brain and nervous system is stimulated and then reduced
  • Weakened sense of taste and smell
  • Impotence for men, infertility for women
  • Peripheral vascular disease due to decreased blood flow to the legs
  • Increased risk of heart attack
  • Increased risk of stroke
  • Increased risk of respiratory infections
  • Increased risk of certain cancers - lung, cervical, pancreatic, bladder, kidney, throat, mouth
  • Reduced lung function
  • Stickier blood which is more prone to clotting
  • Decreased levels of Vitamin C in the blood
  • Higher risk of blindness
  • Increased risk of gum disease and tooth loss
  • Reduced bone density
  • Genetic damage to sperm in males
  • Menopause reached average of 1-2 years earlier for women

All of the above are effects that you can not see but are occurring in your body each time you smoke a cigarette.  Fortunately, if you quit smoking in time, your body will heal and reverse these effects from smoking. 

According to the centers for disease control, between 2000 and 2004 approximately 443,000 annual deaths occur in the United States that are directly attributable to smoking. 

443,000 deaths annually
- 128,900 deaths from lung cancer (29%)
- 126,000 deaths from heart disease (28%)
- 92,900 deaths from COPD (21%)
- 44,000 deaths from other diagnoses related to smoking (10%)
- 35,300 deaths from cancers other than lung (8%)
- 15,900 deaths from stroke (4%)

source: http://www.cdc.gov/tobacco/data_statistics/mmwrs/byyear/2008/mm5745a3/intro.htm






 

6 comments:

  1. Article a little pessimistic. It appears to try to scare yet many people suffer very few debilitating side effects of smoking. However, there is so much evidence and research findings that it seems that to stop smoking would be a very good idea. There is no shortage of options-gum, patches, e-cigarettes. Or you could just slap a cop...........

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