Hello and welcome to The Weekly Experts, brought to you by TWE.com, the number one podcast in UK. In today’s episode we will be talking about the danger of smoking. We will be dividing it into different sections; how smoking damages your health, major diseases caused by smoking and passive smoking. Also Professor Damon Salvator from the University of Cambridge will be joining us to talk about why people start smoking and ways for quitting smoking. In addition to all of that, there is a patient called Daniel who used to smoke, however, he stopped due to the diseases that he suffered from smoking, he will be telling us about his case.
Did you know that cigarettes contain more than four thousand chemical compounds, and at least four hundred toxic substances? It contains many damaging products like: tar, a substance that cause cancer, nicotine, which is more addictive than Heroin and increases cholesterol levels in your body, and lastly is is carbon monoxide which reduces the amount of oxygen in your body.
Moving on, there are major diseases caused by smoking. One of them is Cardiovascular disease, which is the main cause of death due to smoking. It hardens the arteries, when cholesterol and other fats deposit in the arteries, leaving it narrow or even blocked! This can form blood clots.
The more cigarettes you smoke in a day and the longer you have smoked, the higher the risk of lung cancer, which is another major disease caused by smoking:
“Ninety percent of lung cancer cases are due to smoking.” (Professor David Currow of the Cancer Institute)
In addition to that, the last disease caused by smoking that we are going to talk about today is, Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD). It causes blockage in the airflow and make breathing more difficult. There are two conditions that goes under COPD: emphysema, which is breathlessness caused by damage to the air sacs, and chronic bronchitis, which is coughing with a lot...