How do cigarettes affect the body?

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How do cigarettes affect the body?

Smoking is highly prevalent in our society. It is one of the leading causes of deaths in the US, UK and different third world countries. One out of two smokers dies due to smoking cigarettes. Cigarettes harm the entire body ranging from the circulatory system, cardiovascular system, skin, gastrointestinal system, skeletal system, nervous system, and others. 

When talking about circulation, the toxic chemicals from the tar in the cigarettes absorb within the blood circulation. These chemicals then result in thick blood leading to clot formation. Cigarettes can result in increased heart rate and blood pressure making it difficult for the heart to work properly. It results in the narrowing of the arteries which can result in impediment of oxygen-rich blood to reach the vital organs. These changes in the circulatory system can ultimately result in stroke or heart attack.

Cigarettes have severe chemicals that can have an adverse effect over your stomach lining leading to high chances of ulcers and stomach cancers. Smoking can increase your chance to suffer from acidic reflux as the muscles of the lower esophagus become weak due to smoking. Smoking also affects your kidneys leading to an increased risk to suffer from kidney cancer.

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The chemicals like nicotine and carbon monoxide can have a damaging effect over the heart leading to serious conditions like heart attack, stroke, cerebrovascular disease, peripheral vascular diseases, and others. It increases the risk of blood clots and puts a strain on your heart. The chemicals in cigarettes can result in damaging effects over the lining of the coronary arteries. Smoking cigarettes enhances your risk to suffer from cardiovascular diseases.

Smoking cigarettes hurts the skeletal system. It makes your bones brittle and weak which increases your chance to suffer from osteoporosis.

Smoking can increase your chance to suffer from a stroke which can ultimately lead to brain damage and gradually death. Smoking results in increased chances of brain aneurysms that can cause a stroke. In brain aneurysm, the blood vessels have a bulge that either bursts or ruptures leading to a serious condition i.e. subarachnoid hemorrhage where the brain becomes severely damaged and ultimately death.

The lungs are badly affected due to smoking. Smoking results in wheezing, colds, coughs, asthma and ultimately results in fatal diseases like emphysema, pneumonia or lung cancer. Smoking can result in death either due to lung cancer or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.

Smoking makes you look older, it results in skin aging and makes you look dull and grey. The chemicals in cigarettes reduce the oxygen-rich blood to reach the skin which increases your chance to suffer from cellulite. Smoking increases your chance to suffer from saggy skin, facial wrinkles, yellowish-grey complexion, hollow cheeks and different adverse effects over the skin.

Smoking can affect your personality negatively leading to stained teeth or bad breath which can ultimately result in gum diseases and damage to the taste. Smoking can result in serious issues like lip cancer, tongue cancer, mouth cancer, cancer of the esophagus, throat, voice box or others. Head and neck cancers can be reduced effectively if you stop smoking cigarettes. Smoking can result in a damaging effect over the blood vessels supplying the penis that can lead to male impotence. It can reduce sperm count and increase your chance to suffer from testicular cancer. For women, smoking can affect fertility.  It increases the risk to suffer from cervical cancer. Smoking can affect your pregnancy and lead to miscarriage, illnesses, premature birth, stillbirth and other abnormalities in children.

Once you have understood the negative effects of cigarettes over your body, hear the good part that if you stop smoking you’ll be healthy again and the body will recover over some time.

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