There are many effects of smoking but this presentation deals with a few of them. There is no doubt about the fact that smoking is harmful. It affects every aspect of our lives; be it physical, fetal and mental health, environment, finances and many others too numerous to mention
Every puff of cigarette contains a mixture of nicotine and carbon monoxide and each time you smoke, it temporarily increases your 1. Heart rate and
2. Blood pressure.
3. It also injures your heart and blood vessels.
Loss of Appetite
Yellowing of teeth
Yellowing of facial hair
Halitosis (bad breath)
Other cancers of the mouth and throat
Memory Loss with the passage of time.
Low Sperm Count
Let’s examine a few of these effects in detail:
A lot of people think lung cancer is the biggest issue when it comes to the effects of smoking but COPD is more rampant (and poorer in diagnosis).But then,what is COPD? Wikipedia says, COPD stands for Chronic obstructive Pulmonary Disease and “is the co-occurrence of chronic bronchitis and emphysema, a pair of commonly co-existing diseases of the lungs in which the airways become narrowed. This leads to a limitation of the flow of air to and from the lungs, causing shortness of breath.” Simply put,COPD patients find it hard to breathe. Lung Cancer:
A research conducted in the UK identified “Smoking as the single biggest cause of cancer in the world, and accounts for one in four UK cancer deaths. In the UK, smoking kills five times more people than road accidents, overdoses, murder, suicide and HIV all put together.” This is really startling and your jaw begins to drop when you learn that the situation is no different in the US. According to the American Cancer Society, tobacco use is responsible for nearly 1 in 5 deaths in the United States; this equaled about 443,000 early deaths each year from 2000 to 2004. (Source: Cancer Facts & Figures 2011). The world over, Lung Cancer is said to be the second most common cancer with low survival rates and it is strongly linked to smoking. If you contact Lung cancer from smoking, just know that it is as a result of the tar in tobacco smoke. Men and women who smoke are ten times more likely to die from lung cancer than non-smokers. Premature Aging:
Smokers tend to age quickly even though they may not be advanced in years.Their face says it all.Full of wrinkles and lacking in shine.This is because every puff of cigarette smoke you inhale diminishes the skin’s oxygen supply by reducing circulation.Not only that. Collagen, the fibrous protein responsible for producing new, healthy skin,is greatly reduced while the water content of the skin also drops significantly.This is what leads to a smoker’s sagging and ugly skin. Low Sperm Count:
Men who smoke may have a lower sperm count than do those who don’t smoke. Additionally,smokers tend to have lower sex drives and less frequent sex, according to the American Society for Reproductive Medicine and the Canadian Fertility Society. On the average,smokers had sex only half the times compared to non-smokers and sex was less gratifying. The semen of non-smokers was superior to that of smokers both in terms of sperm viability and longevity as the toxins from nicotine weakens sperm count, sperm motility, reduces sperm lifespan, and may cause genetic changes that put the child at risk. Secondhand smoke may also affect male fertility. Female Infertility:
Unknown to most people, smoking can affect both female and male fertility. There are numerous ways that smoking can affect female fertility. Some studies suggest that smoking reduces the amount of estrogen that a woman’s body produces. Estrogen is the main sex hormone in women .It is responsible for the menstruation and reproduction in women. Additionally, smoking may cause a reduction of blood flow to the genital organs, which can cause dryness of the vagina and other sexual...
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