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About the Effects of Smoking

by Contributing Writer
  • Overview

    About the Effects of Smoking
    About the Effects of Smoking
    Cigarette smoking occurs in almost every nation, social class and ethnic group, and the practice has been cultivated for hundreds of years. Yet an understanding of the harmful effects of smoking has grown alongside the product, and for the last 25 years the deadliness of tobacco has become more apparent.
  • Immediate Effects

    Discounting the eventual nicotine addiction, the initial effects on smokers include the stimulation given to the nervous system and brain. In addition, the blood rate increases and some numbness occurs in the extremities. A feeling of dizziness is also common.
  • Long-term Effects

    The negative long-term effects of smoking are daunting and include osteoporosis, cataracts and several issues with fertility, including erectile dysfunction or problems in developing fetuses. In addition, smoking can lead to more than a dozen types of cancers, most notably lung cancer, for which cigarettes are responsible 90 percent of of the time. Ultimately, smoking can chop over a decade off of a lifespan, and it can diminish the quality of life, making it harder to accomplish day-to-day tasks.
  • Warning

    Even as little as five years of regular cigarette smoking can lead to permanent damage to lungs, bones, skin or fertility. In addition, smoking can weaken the immune system and open a person up to other serious diseases. Quitting is not easy, since the nicotine in cigarettes can cause a physical and mental addiction. Less than 10 percent of smokers quit without help, and 40 percent try every year.
  • Considerations

    Some of the factors to consider when examining susceptibility to smoking-related problems are the length of time spent smoking, the amount of cigarettes per day, and the age when the smoking began. In addition, smoking can have pejorative effects on others through secondhand smoke, which may increase passive smokers' lung problems. The pollutants released by cigarettes into the air, along with a butt's potential to start a fire, make smoking an environmental concern as well.
  • Prevention/Solution

    If worried about smoking related problems, take the necessary steps with a doctor. An oral exam is especially important for catching problems like leukoplakia, which manifests itself on the inside of the mouth. Other signs could include problems breathing or constantly feeling tired. Quitting smoking, while not eliminating possible health risks, greatly reduces the potential for problems and benefits a body's overall health, increasing one's lifespan.

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