health effects of smoking

7 Health Effects of Smoking on Your Body

Smoking is terrible for your health! Nothing good comes from smoking. 

Every year, many people die from smoking, and many suffer from various diseases. Smoking harms most of your body organs. So, when you smoke, you provide room for your body to develop over 50 intense health issues. While some of these health issues may not be fatal, others cause long-term irreversible damage to your body. 

No wonder they say smokers are liable to die young! 

Smoking doesn’t only harm your body; it hurts the people around you as well. So, if you won’t stop for yourself, stop for your loved ones.

What are the health effects of smoking on your body?

Some health effects of smoking are common. However, there are others you hardly know.

The following are effects of smoking you may have heard of: 

cancer

70% of lung cancer is caused by smoking. Also, cancer in some parts of the body such as; 

  • mouth
  • throat
  • voice box (larynx)
  • oesophagus (the tube between your mouth and stomach)
  • bladder
  • bowel
  • cervix
  • kidney
  • liver
  • stomach
  • pancreas

Besides this, smoking damages your heart. In addition, it worsens respiratory conditions such as the common cold and asthma.

But what are those effects of smoking that didn’t occur to you?

1. Importance

 In men, smoking limits the supply of blood to the sex organ, thereby causing impotence. Then as a woman, your ability to conceive is affected. Also, it brings complications during pregnancy. Therefore, smoking causes fertility issues in both men and women.

2. Age-related macular degeneration (AMD) 

Age-related macular degeneration (AMD) is an eye disease that can blur the sharp, central vision you need for activities like reading and driving. Now you may be wondering what has smoking got to do with your eyes. But remember, as we mentioned earlier, it destroys most of your organs. It goes without saying, your eye isn’t an exception! Thus, smoking is the leading cause of blindness in adults over 65 years of age. I bet 

3. Diabetes

diabetes

Smokers are 30–40% more likely to develop type 2 diabetes than non-smokers. Also, smoking makes your diabetes harder to control, irrespective of the type. In addition, if you have diabetes, you’ll experience poor blood flow to your legs. As a result, there’s a possibility you could lose your leg. The more cigarettes you smoke, the higher your risk for type 2 diabetes. 

4. Hip Fractures

hip fracture

Studies have shown a direct relationship between tobacco use and decreased bone density. When you smoke, you lose your bone density faster than a non-smoker. As a result, you’re at risk of developing osteoporosis. Osteoporosis is a condition in which bones weaken and are more likely to fracture. Fractures from osteoporosis can result in pain and disability. Also, your hip bone, among other body parts, can be broken. 

5. Erectile Dysfunction

As a man, smoking affects your sexual function. As earlier mentioned, tobacco affects the flow of blood to your sex organ. But guess what? Quitting is all it takes to make a difference.

6.   Cleft Lip and Cleft Palate

cleft lip and cleft palate

Cleft lip and cleft palate are congenital disabilities that occur when a baby’s lip or mouth do not form properly during pregnancy. Women who smoke during pregnancy are more likely to have a baby with an orofacial cleft than non-smoking women. Cleft lip and cleft palate defects are commonly known as orofacial clefts.

7.  Periodontal disease

periodontal disease

Periodontal disease, otherwise known as gum disease, is an infection of the tissues surrounding and supporting your teeth. It is a significant cause of tooth loss in adults. Can you imagine your mouth without your teeth? 

Personal Hygiene

Shisha! Is shisha harmful to your health?

Shisha

Absolutely! Contrary to the common belief that shisha isn’t as dangerous, it is more dangerous even. 

According to News Medical Life Sciences,

Studies have shown that the typical hour-long shisha smoking session involves between 20-200 puffs, compared to an average cigarette amounting to 8-12 gusts. The frequency of smoking also needs to be considered – many people who smoke shisha smoke less often than cigarette smokers. One must further assume that due to the longer duration of a shisha session compared to that of smoking a cigarette, even though the peak concentration of nicotine is the same in the cigarette and shisha, a shisha smoker ultimately has higher exposure to nicotine.

As shisha contains tobacco, it is linked to the same severe illnesses as cigarettes, such as lung cancer, heart disease, infectious diseases, and complications during pregnancy. Interestingly, there has been a recent shift in popularity, highest in older males to educated 18-24-year-olds in cities. Because of the fruity taste of shisha, it has gained tremendous popularity amongst the younger smokers, particularly in younger smokers who dislike the taste of traditional tobacco.

Every time you light up a cigarette, you are saying that your life isn’t worth living…

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