, July 25th, 2011
If smoking is classified as synonymous to death, it won’t be a hyperbole. Today, medical suggests smoking cigarettes/cigars/pipes etc. has manifold adverse effects on health. Let’s give a rapid-fire review to some of these.
Shortness of breath- carbon monoxide:
Carbon monoxide, present in tobacco smoke combines with the hemoglobin. This has disastrous effects as it reduces the capability of hemoglobin to combine with and transfer oxygen to the different body parts.? This is why athletes are austerely prohibited to smoke by their trainers. Even common people, addicted to smoking are deprived of the capability to do heavy works for long time. Less oxygen circulating in body, the more you get tired. Smoking does that quite efficaciously.
Emphysema- the ‘smoker’s cough’ due to tobacco:
This is one of the most prevalent medical disorder amongst the smokers. This results in the destruction of delicate tissue, alveoli, found in the lungs. This is where the inhaled oxygen is absorbed. ? ? In effect, the mucus produced in throat, wrongly drops back to the lungs because of smoking. To get rid of this, the smokers coughs hard (thus the smoker’s cough). This excessive coughing reduces the surface area of the alveoli to absorb oxygen, thus again, the shortness of breath.
Tobacco smoke contains many carcinogen (the cancer-causing) substances which gives rise to throat cancer. Besides, lung cancer is perhaps the most talked about disorder with regard to smoking. Hundreds of people die due to lung cancer ever year. Experts believes that a smoker has? double the chance of getting a lung cancer as compared to the non-smoker. With each extra cigarette smoked, the probability of getting lung cancer is increased by fifty to hundred percent. Astonishing, isn’t it?
As afore-mentioned, the pumping abilities of the heart are greatly reduced. The heart of a non-smoker would be circulating the oxygen in much more rapid and continuous manner, while that of a smoker, the procedure is interrupted, and not as effective. Even filter-tip cigarettes does not prevent the likelihood of getting a coronary disease.
Other adverse effects:
Smoking is proved to be bad for your immune system. This means that a smoker is more likely to get any disease as compared to a normal person as his defense mechanism of body is less effectual. Smoking also results in yellow teeth, something highly disapproving of a good personality. Getting your finger being yellowish is another concern. Most smokers also complains of having a dry mouth after waking up. This could be quite annoying if happens on daily basis. Thrombosis, i-e- the blocking of an arteries is another life-threatening disease that results from nicotine (besides, mild to strong withdrawals symptoms like headache, vomiting etc). If the artery leading to the heart (the coronary artery) is blocked, the subject could die at once due to a stroke. Experiencing dizziness is another bother, though not as commonly reported.? The list does not stop here, but keeps going on. All in all, smoking is one most straightforward shortcut towards suicide.