There is tons of side effect of smoking. No matter how you intake tobacco, it is dangerous to your health. Tobacco cigarette contains more than 7000 chemicals, more than 70 known to cause cancer.
Chemical used in a cigarette:
- Phenols (It is toxic and can cause severe burns in a body)
- Nicotine (blocks action of autonomic nerve and skeletal muscle cells)
- Naphthalene (It can damage red blood cells and cause many other health problems)
There is no safe substance in tobacco-based products. Smoking not only harms your lung but can also cause several damages to your body.
Reports show that cigarette smoking is responsible for more than 8 million deaths per year, including more than 50,000 deaths from secondhand smoke exposure.
Side effects of secondhand smoke?
Before jump into the side effect first, know what is secondhand smoke?
Secondhand smoke is intaking poisonous air in the body from burning tobacco-based products, such as cigarettes, cigars, and pipes.
Secondhand smoke is smoke that has been breathed out, by the person smoking.
Exposure to secondhand smoke raises the risk of various health disease like lung cancer, it can lead to emphysema (Difficulty in breathing), and it is bad for your heart. On average, smokers die years earlier than nonsmokers.
More than 5 minutes of exposure to secondhand smoke can increase the risk of health disease like excess blood clotting, increased risk of heart attack and stroke.
If a pregnant woman exposed to tobacco smoke during pregnancy can increase the risk of health problems for developing babies, including preterm birth, low birth weight, and birth defects of the mouth and lip.
Smoking during and after pregnancy can also increase the risk of sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS is the sudden death of a healthy baby less than a year old during sleep )
List of symptoms and the overall effect of smoking on the body
- Lung Cancer
- Bad Breath
- Poor Vision
- Wrinkly Skin
- Heart Disease
- Blood Clotting
- Cervical Cancer
- Erectile Dysfunction
- Increased risk of blood cancer
- Damage in the immune system
- and list goes and goes.
Why people get addicted to smoking
Tobacco contains one of the ingredients called nicotine is known as a mood-altering drug.
Nicotine reaches your brain through the central nervous system in a second and increases the level of dopamine chemical, which you feel relax and energetic for a while.
But as effect fade out you feel more tired and crave. Nicotine is extremely addictive, which is why people find smoking hard to quit.
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Effect of higher doses of nicotine
Overdose of nicotine more than the body handle can affect
- Feeling Faint
- Rapid decrease in blood pressure
- Difficulty in breath and in some case death.
Effect on sexuality and reproduction system
Excessive intake of a nicotine-based product can affect blood flow to the genital areas of men and women.
In men, its effects on erectile dysfunction which result in a decrease in sexual performance. For women, this can result in sexual dissatisfaction by decreasing lubrication and the ability to reach orgasm.
Smoking also decreases sex hormone in men and women which lead to decreased sexual desire.
How to quit smoking
Below are a few steps you can take to quit smoking
Understand your habit loop and break it
In the whole day, there will be a certain time where urges to smoke trigger in you try to find out and stay busy at that time.
Staying busy not only helps to quit smoking but also improves your productivity and you can stay busy which interests you more like learning new skills.
Drink more water and nutritious juice
Some study founds that drinking water and fruits juice helps you to decrease urges of smoking by balancing the dopamine level.
Quit smoking through drugs?
Some drug-like Varenicline and Nicotine say that their medicine can help to quit smoking.
This medication helps to reduce cravings for tobacco and control nicotine levels in your body.
It also blocks nicotine receptors in your brain, which decreases the pleasurable effect of smoking.
Before jumping to this type of medication, it is highly recommended to consult with your doctor.
Quitting smoking is way difficult to quit. There is very much effect of smoking on body organs. We strongly recommend consulting with your doctor. so, they can plan a proper way to help you to quit smoking. Since smoking affects all your body from the central nervous system to lungs and heart it is most important to quit it for living happier and longer life.