is bad for your health. That is the bottom line. There are no ways
to get around it, no hidden health benefits, no tips about “moderation.”
In fact, cigarettes are the only legal product whose only intended
use is completely harmful to your health and proven to cause cancer.
The worst part about smoking is that cigarettes are addictive. Most
people who smoke once will develop an addiction to cigarettes, and
usually regret their first try. The nicotine in cigarettes is what
causes the addiction. Nicotine is a drug. Nicotine is present in
a very small amount in cigarettes, and the immediate effects cause
smokers to feel more alert, or calm and relaxed. In reality, nicotine
is a poison. It lowers your skin temperature and also reduces the
blood flow to your legs and feet. Nicotine is the ingredient in
cigarettes that causes heart disease and stroke. Cigarettes contain
many other harmful ingredients, including formaldehyde, ammonia,
cyanide, and other less familiar toxins and poisons. Carbon monoxide
is a poisonous gas that you breathe in when you smoke cigarettes.
As a woman, you are acutely aware of the health risks and prevalence
of breast cancer. But did you know lung cancer kills more women
every year than breast cancer? And lung cancer is also virtually
preventable. That’s right, smoking cigarettes and tobacco
use most definitely cause cancer. Ninety percent of lung cancer
is caused by smoking (according to the American Cancer Society).
Other cancers such as cancer of the throat, mouth, esophagus, bladder,
liver, kidney, stomach, colon and rectum, can also be caused by
Smoking cigarettes really does a number on your lungs. Smokers have
generally weaker lungs than nonsmokers. Chronic bronchitis is a
common problem with smokers, characterized by lungs that produce
an excess amount of mucus, which causes a persistent “smoker’s
Emphysema is characterized by the slow deterioration of your breathing
ability because the surface of the lungs is severely damaged. This
is a common long-term effect of consistent smoking.
S econdhand smoke is a big pain for nonsmokers. It’s also
harmful for your health. Secondhand smoke contains all of the same
harmful ingredients as cigarettes. Furthermore, secondhand smoke
causes eye irritation, headaches, nausea, dizziness and can also
cause bronchitis and other problems. Secondhand smoke is particularly
harmful to children. If you are a smoker mom, please refrain from
smoking around your child. Secondhand smoke can cause your child
to develop bronchitis, chronic ear infections, asthma, coughing
If you are a smoker and think your health is doomed, there’s
hope. It’s never too late to quit. Quitting smoking is better
for your health and your future than continuing smoking. Many times,
the effects of smoking can even be reversed. Your lungs can regenerate
themselves when you are young, and if you stop smoking, you can
relieve your body and skin of the harmful agents present in cigarettes.
Lots of options are available to you if you want to quit smoking
but don’t know how. Your doctor will be able to provide useful
advice. You may also want to try out products such as the nicotine
patch or some prescription medications to help you quit smoking.
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