How Smoking Effects Your Health
02-03-2011 05:28 AM
How Smoking Effects Your Health
This is not a warning it's a reminder. Because some people still smoking although they all know what is cause to their health. I came across this article and I thought it's good to share it with you guys.
Although the negative health effects of cigarette smoking cannot be debated, it remains the single most common cause of preventable deaths. Each year, over 430,000 people die as a result of a smoking related disease. Yet, over 50 million continue to smoke, including over 3 million teens. An estimated three thousand teenagers begin to smoke each day, and one thousand of them will eventually die as a result. According to the American Lung Association, cigarette smoking leads to 87% of lung cancers, emphysema and chronic bronchitis. Healthcare and lost productivity costs of $97.2 billion dollars per years arise from smoking related illnesses. Cigarettes contain over 19 known cancer-causing chemicals in addition to nicotine.
Quitting is a frustrating and difficult proposition for these people who despite the knowledge that they are seriously harming their bodies. Addiction to nicotine causes very uncomfortable symptoms of with drawl. Irritation, agitation and anxiety as well as loss of concentration, sleep disturbances, headaches, coughing and cravings.
Smoking cigarettes is so compelling because of the effects of nicotine. A stimulant, nicotine causes a temporary increase in alertness and a calm feeling. And it can be incredibly addictive. Some studies have found nicotine to be more highly addictive that cocaine or heroin. Additionally, it suppresses the appetite and smokers tend to keep weight off.
How Smoking Harms Your Body
Hereís why cigarette smoke causes so much damage to our bodies. While nicotine itself isn't thought to be carcinogenic, the highly addictive drug is toxic and potentially lethal in large doses. Long-term smokers have a much higher risk of developing a host of life threatening diseases. Just about any cancer you can think of, including cancer of the lung, mouth, nose, voice box, lip, tongue, nasal sinus, eso****us, throat, pancreas, bone marrow, kidney, cervix, liver, bladder and stomach can result from smoking.
Heart and lungs are most damaged by smoking
Lung diseases such as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, which includes chronic bronchitis and emphysema, are largely due to smoking. Heart disease, which includes coronary artery disease, heart attack and stroke are far more common in smokers. One of the effects of nicotine is constricting the blood vessels, which in turn causes high blood pressure. Another effect is raising your heart rate, which adds extra stress on your heart.
Not only does smoking affect the heart, but every part of your circulatory system. Your blood becomes thicker and stickier, further taxing the heart. The lining of the blood vessels is damaged, allowing fat deposits to adhere, and is most likely a significant cause of arteriosclerosis, or hardening of the arteries.
As a result, diminished circulation to the feet and hands leads to painful neuropathy, and impaired ability to fight local infections. This can lead to gangrene and sometimes requires amputation.
Inhaled smoke contains poison
The inhaled smoke contains many harmful substances, such as tar, carbon monoxide, hydrogen cyanide, heavy metals and free radicals. Each of these damages the body in various ways. Tar is sticky and brown, containing many chemicals known to be carcinogenic, including benzopyrene. It also and stains teeth, fingernails and lung tissue.
It causes damage to the mouth, teeth and gums, as well as ulcers of the digestive system.
Osteoporosis is caused by a leeching of calcium from the bones and predisposes smokers to fractures. The hip joint is particularly vulnerable to fractures and Avascular Necrosis, a disorder where the bone dies.
Because carbon monoxide, a major component of the smoke, binds with higher affinity to hemoglobin, it displaces oxygen carried by the blood. Since less oxygen is carried within each blood cell, the heart must pump more blood through the body to transfer the same amount of oxygen to the cells.
Hydrogen cyanide prevents the lungs from cleaning themselves of poisonous chemicals. Cilia, the tiny hairs that help to clean the lungs by moving foreign substances out are damaged. Harmful chemicals are allowed to collect in the lungs, preventing oxygenation of the blood.
Other chemicals in smoke that damage the lungs include hydrocarbons, nitrous oxides, organic acids, phenols and oxidizing agents. Free radicals are highly reactive chemicals that can damage the heart muscles and blood vessels When they react with cholesterol plaques are formed, which increase the risk of arterial damage, heart disease and stroke. Finally, tobacco smoke contains dangerous metals including arsenic, cadmium, and lead. Many of these are known to cause cancer.
The tars in smoke can trigger cancer of the eso****us and throat. Smoking causes increased stomach acid secretion, leading to heartburn and ulcers. Smokers have higher rates of deadly pancreatic cancer. Many of the carcinogens from cigarettes are excreted in the urine where their presence can cause bladder cancer, which is often fatal. High blood pressure from smoking can damage the kidneys.
Smoking Damages Other Systems
Smoking adversely affects the reproductive system, especially in women. Many female smokers experience irregular or absent periods. Fertility is compromised, and menopause occurs one to two years earlier. The risk of cervical cancer is increased. For women over 35 taking oral contraceptives, there is a significantly increased risk of stroke or heart attack if they are smokers. Men, experience lower sperm count, more abnormal sperm with decreased motility. There is also an effect on the manís level of sex hormones. Decrease circulations also predisposes male smokers to impotence as a result of overall compromised circulation and damage to the blood vessels in the penis. .
Smokerís immune systems are impaired, leaving the smoker vulnerable to a host of minor infections. A smoker needs more time to recover from infections than a non-smoker. Coupled with diminished circulation, a smokerís risk of infection from minor cuts or abrasions to the arms or legs skyrockets.
Cigarette smoking decreases bone density, promoting osteoporosis. Skin becomes dry and loses itís elasticity as a result of poor circulation. Premature wrinkling is common. Irritation and inflammation of the stomach and intestines is frequently seen, including painful ulceration of the entire GI tract.
Even more serious are the risks to an unborn child if the mother smokes. Miscarriage is more common in women who smoke. Infants of smoking mothers are at increased risk of low birth weight, prematurity, cleft lip and palate, infections and SIDS.
02-03-2011 12:06 PM
is it true that a pack will cut down your t-level by 15%??
02-03-2011 12:21 PM
1 year smoke free in 2 weeks.
02-03-2011 07:25 PM
I recently was trying to help a friend complaining about intense DOMS depsite (in my opinion) having a pretty weak leg routine which included mostly cardio. We tried every recovery supplement, contrast showers and nothing helped so I gave up! A week later I find out he is a heavy smoker!
02-04-2011 08:42 AM
I don't think smoking ever made my doms better or worse. The biggest drawback from smoking was lack of appetite. Maybe your friend simply doesn't eat enough to recover.
Originally Posted by ntornado
02-04-2011 11:08 AM
thank you so much for posting this. i dont smoke much (1-2 cigs a day) but after reading this i was once again reminded about how nasty this $hit is. im using this weekend to completely stop the dirty habit. i train so much BJJ i need my lung capacity and my wind. sometimes you need a little reminder to get you going.
02-04-2011 11:50 AM
congrats man... on my am profile a week or so ago i changed it to non-smoker..
Originally Posted by drudixon
its some nasty **** and man the hardest habit to drop...and it so goes against what we are trying to do
02-04-2011 12:20 PM
Its so good to hear others that have quit this SH*TTY habit. Im twenty and i started smoking back in highschool. Probably one of the hardest things to quit. I stopped smoking three days ago and wow... i can already feel the benefits. My libido is back, my joints dont ache, and ive been coughing up so much tar its ridiculous. I hope everyone who reads this takes a chance at quiting smoking if they are smokers. You never really know how much better you will feel until you try!
02-04-2011 12:24 PM
awesome man im doing it this weekend and never looking back!!!
Originally Posted by lightemup
02-07-2011 12:14 AM
I quit tobacco cigarettes 1 year and a month ago. I now use electronic cigarettes which are basically very similar to the nicotine inhalers found in pharmacies only 100 times better.
I have done my homework on these, so for the skeptic readers I suggest you do the same before deciding your judgement on these things. Nicotine is just a stimulant like caffine ect. So if you can get a nicotine fix without the 100's of chemicals found in tobacco cigarettes, you do not crave them as much. The gum, patch and scripts did not work for me..
I breath 100 times better!
If you would like to learn more about this stuff, please feel free to PM me any questions you may have...
02-07-2011 12:24 AM
nicotine's not what's dangerious, it actually has potentinal clinical benefits in the treatment of diseases... moreso it's all the other nasty **** they put in there in combination with the smoke... nicotine in moderation is no more dangerous than alcohol in moderation
02-07-2011 12:30 AM
Originally Posted by jgassen15
02-08-2011 11:21 AM
20 minutes after your last cigarette- your blood pressure and pulse rate return to what they were just before your last cigarette, and your hands and feet warm up to the temperature they were before smoking.
8 hours after your last cigarette- the carbon monoxide level in you blood falls, and the oxygen level increases, so that both become normal.
24 hours after your last cigarette- the chance of your having a heart attack is lessened
48 hours after your last cigarette- your nerve endings start regrowing, so your senses of both smell and taste improve. Walking becomes easier.
By 3 months after your last cigarette- your circulation has improved, and your lung function has increased by up to 30%.
By 9 months after your last cigarette- the cells lining your airways have fully recovered, so that they remove mucus better, you cough less, have less sinus congestion, and your shortness of breath has gone.
1 year after your last cigarette- your risk of coronary heart disease is now half that of a smoker's.
5 years after your last cigarette- your risk of having a stroke is now greatly reduced, approaching that of someone who has never smoked.
10 years after your last cigarette- your risk of dying from lung cancer is about half that of someone still smoking. Your chances of getting cancer of the mouth, throat, gullet, pancreas, kidney, and bladder are greatly reduced, compared with a smoker's.
15 years after your last cigarette- your risk of having coronary heart disease is no greater then that of someone who has never smoked.
day 2, im feeling great!!!!
02-08-2011 03:00 PM
02-08-2011 07:27 PM
Never smoked a cig before, never will. Seen people die from them and dont see a point of doing them.
02-08-2011 08:16 PM
True, very true. I quit in 2006 after I started working out so I could breath better and have more energy.
Originally Posted by gidemon
02-22-2011 12:07 AM
nice information there...the more knowledge you have the better the chances are torwards quitting and never smoking again.its crazy how the cigg came about ,legal and such a wide spread killer.if everyone quit smoking it would probly damage the medical industry ,insurance companys,morgs,gasstations...t he list is endless.
Originally Posted by AntonG42O
02-22-2011 12:11 AM
Hey if there are any sucess storys out there id like to hear them
02-22-2011 01:09 AM
What about those who smoke 1 or 2 bowls of marijuana a day. 2-4 draws Max daily. Much less smoke inhaled than most any smoker. Do u think it had same ill affects. I'm just curious as I smoked weed for many years before quitting.
Originally Posted by Arnold Schwarzenegger
02-22-2011 01:33 AM
I dont think its even in the same catagory of badness as ciggs... a vaporizer can be used btw(besides the chems in the ciggs the tissue scaring alone from the hot smoke causes mutated cells,cancer..tumors and so on
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