The Cause and Effects on Smoking

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The Cause and Effects on Smoking

In earlier times, tobacco was called herba panacea- meaning cure-all herb. People used to believe Tobacco had medicinal value. Some people even believed that smoking cleaned out the lungs. A French Ambassador named Jean Nicot brought Tobacco plants to Portugal in 1559, telling friends it was useful in treating wounds, asthma and cancer. The words nicotine and nicotiana came from Jean Nicot's last name.

Did you know that in spite of the dangers, many people still become smokers. Many young people begin smoking as an act of rebellion or independence. Most adults smoke for relaxation and pleasure, and to satisfy a craving for nicotine. The purpose of this essay is to discuss three effects of cigarette smoking; such as its the leading cause of many life-threatening diseases, the appearance of premature aging on the body, and the extra cost of living.

The effects of smoking on human health are serious and in many cases, deadly. Smoking harms nearly every organ of the body. There are approximately 4,000 chemicals in cigarettes, hundreds of which are toxic. The ingredients in cigarettes affect everything from the internal functioning of organs to the efficiency of the body's immune system. Not only does smoking increase a persons’ chances of developing lung cancer but many other cancers as well; including lip, oral, pharynx, esophagus, larynx, pancreas, cervix, bladder, and even kidney. The effects of smoking on the body can also include emphysema, heart attack, and stroke.

Smoking changes the skin and teeth in ways that can add years to your looks. Smoking deprives the skin of oxygen and nutrients which causes internal damage to the skin structures and blood vessels. So some smokers appear pale, while others develop uneven coloring and there wrinkles develop earlier and go deeper. There are more than 4,000 chemicals in tobacco smoke, and many of them trigger the destruction of collagen and elastin. Yellow teeth...
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