First thing first, tobacco is dangerous to your health. There are no safe substances in any tobacco products, from acetone and tar to nicotine and carbon monoxide. The substances you breathe in don’t affect not only your lungs, but it can affect your whole body.
Besides, smoking can lead to a variety of continuous complications in the body, just as long term effects on your body systems. While smoking can increase your risk of several problems over a year, some of the bodily effects are quick.
To make you stay alert of the impact of smoking, we have listed down the general effects of smoking cigarettes on your body. Keep scrolling to the very end of this article!
1. Central nervous system
One of the ingredients in tobacco is a mood-altering drug called nicotine. Nicotine reaches your brain in insignificant seconds and makes you feel more stimulated for a while. Yet, as that effect wears off, you will feel tired and want to smoke more and more. Nicotine is very extremely habit-forming which is the reason why people find it’s so hard to stop smoking.
2. Respiratory system
At the point when you smoke, you’re taking in substances that can damage your lungs. Besides, this damage leads to a variety of problems. Along with increased infections, people who smoke are at higher risk for chronic irreversible lung conditions, such as:
a. emphysema, the destruction of the air sacs in your lungs.
b. chronic bronchitis, permanent irritation that affects the covering of the breathing tubes of the lungs.
c. Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD), a group of lung diseases.
d. lung cancer.
While you’re trying to stop smoking, it can cause temporary blockage and respiratory discomfort as your lungs and airways begin to heal. Besides, increased bodily mucus production right after quitting smoking is a positive sign that your respiratory system is recovering.
In addition, children whose parents smoke are more prone to coughing, wheezing, and asthma attacks than children whose parents don’t. They also tend to have higher rates of pneumonia and bronchitis.
3. Cardiovascular system
Smoking damages your whole cardiovascular system. Nicotine causes the vein to tighten, which limits the progression of blood. Over time, the continuous narrowing, along with damage to the vein can cause peripheral artery disease.
Besides, smoking can also raise blood pressure, weakens vein walls, and increases blood clusters. All of this can raise your risk of stroke. You are not at increased risk of worsening heart disease if you have already had heart bypass surgery, a heart attack, or a stent put in a vein.
Furthermore, smoking not only affects your cardiovascular health, but also the health of those around you! Those who are often smoking has a similar percentage risk to a nonsmoker.
4. Sexuality and reproductive system
Nicotine affects the bloodstream to the genital areas of both men and women. For men, this can decrease sexual performance. For women, this can bring about sexual dissatisfaction by decreasing lubrication and the ability to orgasm. In addition, smoking may also lower sex hormone levels in both men and women.
5. Integumentary system (skin, hair, and nails)
The more obvious signs of smoking include skin changes. Substances in tobacco smoke really change the structure of your skin. A recent study has indicated that smoking significantly increases the risk of squamous cell carcinoma (skin cancer).
6. Digestive system
Smoking increases the risk of mouth, throat, larynx, and esophagus cancer. Smokers also have higher rates of pancreatic cancer. Even people who “smoke but don’t inhale” face an increased risk of mouth cancer.
Smoking also affects insulin, making it almost certain that you will develop insulin resistance. It puts you at an increased risk of type 2 diabetes and its complications, which will develop at a faster rate than in people who don’t smoke.