Disadvantages of SMOKING
1: LUNG CANCER:
Smoking is the No.1 cause of Lung Cancer.
2: HEART DISEASE:
One out of 5 heart disease deaths is directly related to smoking.
Over time, smoking contributes to atherosclerosis and increases your risk of having and dying from heart disease, heart failure, or a heart attack. Compared with nonsmokers, people who smoke are more likely to have heart disease and suffer from a heart attack.
Smoking causes two types of Diabetes.
In fact, smokers are 30–40% more likely to develop type 2 diabetes than nonsmokers. And people with diabetes who smoke are more likely than nonsmokers to have trouble with insulin dosing and with controlling their disease. The more cigarettes you smoke, the higher your risk for type 2 diabetes.
4: LIVER CANCER:
Smoking increases your risk of developing Liver Cancer.
Smoking increases your risk of many different cancers, including liver cancer.
The risk of liver cancer is increased further if you smoke and drink a lot of alcohol.
The risk might also be higher in smokers who have hepatitis B or C infection.
Smoking increases your risk of developing Liver Cancer.
5: Erectile dysfunction (impotence)
Many studies have found that smoking is a major factor in erectile dysfunction. Smoking causes plaque build-up in the arteries and obstructs blood flow. In one study, men who smoked more than 20 cigarettes a day had a 60% higher risk of developing erectile dysfunction.
Erectile dysfunction (ED) is defined as persistent difficulty achieving and maintaining an erection sufficient to have sex. Causes are usually medical but can also be psychological. Organic causes are usually the result of an underlying medical condition affecting the blood vessels or nerves supplying the penis.
Erectile dysfunction (ED), also called impotence, can be caused by a range of physical and psychological factors. Among them is cigarette smoking. It’s not surprising since smoking can damage your blood vessels, and ED is often a result of poor arterial blood supply to the penis.
6: Ectopic Pregnancy:
Around 11% of the types of pregnancies can be directed associated with smoking.
smoke inhaled involuntarily from tobacco being smoked by others.
12: Medical Care:
It was reported that $289 billion dollars were spent on medical care for smokers in one year.
Cost of Smoking-Related Illness
Smoking-related illness in the United States costs more than $300 billion each year, including Nearly $170 billion for direct medical care for adults.
13: Loss of Years of Life:
People who smoke can lose more than 10 years of their life.
Cigarette smoking causes premature death: Life expectancy for smokers is at least 10 years shorter than for nonsmokers.
Quitting smoking before the age of 40 reduces the risk of dying from smoking-related disease by about 90%.
Smoking makes the blood thicker and more likely to clot, causing strokes.
Smoking makes you twice as likely to die if you have a stroke, and the more you smoke, the greater your risk of stroke…
Tobacco smoke has many different effects on the body including thickening the blood, increasing the risk of blood clots and narrowing the arteries, as well as restricting oxygen in the blood.
15: Bladder Cancer:
The number one risk factor for bladder cancer is smoking.
Smoking and Bladder Cancer. Current cigarette smokers have a higher risk of bladder cancer than previously reported, according to new research. …
Smoking tobacco is the most important known risk factor for bladder cancer.
Previous studies found that 20% to 30% of bladder cancer cases in women were caused by smoking.
16: Cervical Cancer:
The risk of developing cervical cancer doubles in women who smoke.
And although cervical cancer is caused primarily by HPV, cigarette smoking is considered a cofactor, which means that certain types of HPV and cancer-causing chemicals related to smoking may work together to increase your likelihood of developing cancer.
“The more you smoke, the more your risk goes up. Feb 2, 2009.
17: Immune System:
Smoking depresses antibodies and cells in the body that are supposed to help fight off invaders.
Effects of smoking on the immune system
The effects of tobacco smoke on the immune system include: greater susceptibility to infections such as pneumonia and influenza. more severe and longer-lasting illnesses. lower levels of protective antioxidants (such as vitamin C), in the blood.
18: Cleft Palates:
Smoking during pregnancy increases the likelihood of having a baby with a cleft palate.
A cleft palate is an opening or split in the roof of the mouth that occurs when the tissue doesn’t fuse together during development in the womb.
A cleft palate often includes a split (cleft) in the upper lip (cleft lip) but can occur without affecting the lip.
19: Cancer Treatment:
Smoking increases the chances that a cancer treatment will fail.
Smoking can alter the way your body processes chemotherapy drugs and increases your chance of developing complications from this cancer treatment.
“Smoking during cancer treatment can increase the toxic side effects from chemotherapy and decrease your response rate to chemotherapy and radiation,” Dr. Francis says.
20: Increased Illness:
Smoking increases your chances of picking up common illnesses.
Lung diseases caused by smoking include COPD, which includes emphysema and chronic bronchitis.
Cigarette smoking causes most cases of lung cancer. If you have asthma, tobacco smoke can trigger an attack or make an attack worse.
Smokers are 12 to 13 times more likely to die from COPD than nonsmokers.
21: Youthful Appearance:
Smoking makes your skin look older and more haggard
(haggard: looking exhausted and unwell, especially from fatigue, worry, or suffering)
It also discolors your fingernails and teeth.
1 reason for early signs of aging in the skin, including redness and uneven pigmentation.
Don’t smoke as it causes damage to the collagen and elastin, weakening the skin and resulting in sags and bags.
Women who smoke at a young age will notice sagging skin and premature wrinkles long before their nonsmoking peers.
After one year, you will have saved $1,938.15 if you quit smoking.
Quitting alleviates the worry about when you will be able to smoke next.
Quitting will make your clothes, kids, car, and house smell better.
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What is phantosmia? Phantosmia is a condition that causes you to smell odors that aren’t actually present.
When this happens, it’s sometimes called an olfactory hallucination.
(olfactory hallucination: An olfactory hallucination (phantosmia) makes you detect smells that aren’t really present in your environment.
The odors detected in phantosmia vary from person to person and maybe foul or pleasant.
They can occur in one or both nostrils.
The phantom smell may seem to always be present or it may come and go.)
he types of odors people smell vary from person to person.
Some might notice the odor in just one nostril, while others have it in bot
Secondhand smoke is dangerous.
26: Animal Testing:
Animals were used to test the dangers of smoking in the US.
In tests that many people don’t realize are still being conducted, animals are forced to breathe cigarette smoke for up to six hours straight, every day, for as long as three years. … Reynolds spread cigarette tar on the skin of more than 1,000 mice and rats and then forced them to breathe cigarette smoke.
27: Better Sleep:
Smoking keeps you from falling into a deep sleep.
Smokers wake up more frequently during the night.
Then, using an electroencephalogram (EEG) to monitor participants’ sleep at home, the researchers found the smoking group accumulated more light sleep than the nonsmoking group, while the nonsmoking group experienced more restorative, deep sleep.
28: Stronger Bones:
Studies have shown that smoking increases the risk of osteoporosis and fractures.
Smoking and osteoporosis
Cigarette smoking was first identified as a risk factor for osteoporosis decades ago.
Studies have shown a direct relationship between tobacco use and decreased bone density. … As well, smoking has been shown to have a negative impact on bone healing after fracture.
29: Hearing Loss:
People who smoke are 70% more likely to suffer from hearing loss.
Cigarette smoking may cause hearing loss.
Smokers are nearly 70% more likely than non-smokers to suffer hearing loss, according to a study including more than 3,000 people.
In many cases, hearing problems increase proportionately with the intensity and duration of exposure to cigarette smoke.
England, France, New Zealand, and Puerto Rico now only offer smoke-free bars and restaurants.
Are non-smokers more productive?
Smokers are Less Productive than Nonsmokers, Survey Finds.
In a survey of employees at 147 U.S. companies, smokers incurred the highest health-related productivity losses compared with nonsmokers and former smokers, according to an article in the October edition of the Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine
Smoking can increase the risk of developing psoriasis.
Psoriasis is a common skin condition that speeds up the life cycle of skin cells. It causes cells to build up rapidly on the surface of the skin. The extra skin cells form scales and red patches that are itchy and sometimes painful. Psoriasis is a chronic disease that often comes and goes. Mar 13, 2019
Smoking about doubles a person’s risk of getting psoriasis; the risk increases with the number of cigarettes smoked per day, and is higher in women than men. … Studies have also found a very strong association between smoking and a type of pustular psoriasis called palmoplantar pustulosis.
32: Warmer hands and Feet:
Poor Circulation is another symptom of smoking.
While nicotine affects your entire nervous system, the places you most easily notice the effect is in your hands and feet.
When the nicotine causes the arterioles in your feet to constrict there is a reduced flow of warm blood and your feet become colder. The effect can be surprisingly large and long-lasting.
33: Less Caffeine:
When you smoke, your body requires almost twice as much Caffeine.
For example, non-smokers metabolize caffeine at a much lower rate than smokers, which means recent quitters will need half the amount of caffeine they drank as a smoker. Caffeinated drinks, especially coffee, also often act as a smoking trigger.Jun 15, 2017
34: Safer Birth Control:
Smoking while taking a form of contraceptives increases a woman’s risk of severe side effects.
Studies show that smoking cigarettes while using birth control significantly increases your risk of experiencing cardiovascular side effects.
Simply put, if you smoke while you use any oral birth control pill, you have an elevated risk of experiencing a stroke, blood clot or heart attack.
35: Crohn’s Disease:
People who smoke have a higher risk factor for developing Crohn’s Disease.
Many studies have shown that people who smoke are more likely to develop Crohn’s Disease, and research suggests that smoking increases the severity of the disease.
In contrast, smoking appears to decrease the severity of Ulcerative Colitis, although it still carries many other health risks.
36: Acid Reflux:
Cigarettes can cause heartburn.
Doctors say that smoking contributes to GERD by Relaxing the lower esophageal sphincter. … The sphincter regulates the passage of food into the stomach and prevents acid from refluxing into the esophagus. When nicotine causes the sphincter to relax, there’s an increased risk of acid surging into and damaging the esophagus.
37: Eat Less:
Studies have shown that smoking makes you eat more.
Scientists say they have finally figured out how smoking helps people keep off extra pounds.
It turns out that nicotine activates a pathway in the brain that suppresses appetite, according to a study in the journal Science.
This discovery should lead to better diet drugs, the researchers say.
38: Interior Design:
Cigarette smoke causes yellow staining on the walls in the house of a smoker.
Smoking can cause premature baldness and lower the age at which hair begins to turn gray.
Scientists have long speculated cigarette smoke may accelerate hair loss and premature graying.
The association was largely attributed to toxins in smoke that can harm hair follicles and damage hormones…
A report in the journal BMJ looked at more than 600 men and women, half of them smokers.
Not only can secondhand smoke harm your family and kids, but it can also hurt your pets.
Does smoking affect your pets?
Dogs suffer from smoking-related illnesses similar to humans, like cancer and lung disease.
Exposure to tobacco smoke also contributes to an increased risk of disease in dogs.
For example, the risk of developing nasal cancer increases when dogs are exposed to secondhand smoke.
41: Life Insurance:
Life Insurance rates are 20 to 30% lower for nonsmokers.
Smokers are more likely to have ongoing health problems and a shorter lifespan than non-smokers, making them more of insurance risk. As a result, life insurance for smokers comes with higher premiums.
42: Faster Healing Wounds:
Smoking causes wounds to heal slower because it reduces blood flow to the skin.
When you smoke, carbon monoxide enters your blood cells and lowers the level of oxygen in your blood.
Oxygen is vital to your healing. Smoking slows the healing process as less oxygen is delivered to your wound.
It takes 3 full days of not smoking to get rid of all the carbon monoxide in your blood.
43: Sudden Infant Death Syndrome:
The cancer-causing chemicals in secondhand cigarette smoke also affect infants, damaging their lungs, hearts, and brains.
Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) is the sudden, unexplained, unexpected death of an infant in the first year of life.
SIDS is the leading cause of death in otherwise healthy infants. Secondhand smoke increases the risk of SIDS.
Smoking by women during pregnancy increases the risk of SIDS.
Women who smoke have more hot flashes as they proceed through menopause.
Researchers at the University of Hong Kong found that women who smoke are more likely to go into menopause about a year earlier than those who don’t smoke (Pittman, 2011).
This is significant as the age of menopause influences the risk of bone and heart disease, as well as breast cancer.
45: Increased Sperm:
Smoking damages sperm and makes them less able to fertilize an egg.
The study found that smoking was associated with decreased sperm count, decreased sperm motility (that’s how sperm swim), and poor sperm morphology (how sperm are shaped.)..
Secondhand smoke can harm the female partner’s fertility as well.
When he smokes, it not only decreases his sperm health.
A Match.com poll discovered that 58% of their users would not date a person who smoked.
Smoking and relationships
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Involved: Both partners see smoking as a problem because of health, financial, or other reasons but also know that trying to quit can be hard.
Regardless of who is smoking in the relationship, they try to be supportive and understanding. …
Even if they both smoke, they often smoke when they aren’t with each other.
Smoking is a significant factor in vascular dementia.
It is known that smoking increases the risk of vascular problems, including via strokes or smaller bleeds in the brain, which are also risk factors for dementia.
In addition, toxins in cigarette smoke increase oxidative stress and inflammation, which have both been linked to the developing of Alzheimer’s disease.
Women who smoke face a faster loss rate for their fertilize eggs when they smoke.
Women who smoke do not conceive as efficiently as nonsmokers.
Infertility rates in both male and female smokers are about twice the rate of infertility found in nonsmokers. …
Because smoking damages the genetic material in eggs and sperm, miscarriage and offspring birth-defect rates are higher among patients who smoke.
49: Alzheimer’s Disease:
The mental decline in elderly smokers is five times faster than in elderly nonsmokers.
It is known that smoking increases the risk of vascular problems, including via strokes or smaller bleeds in the brain, which are also risk factors for dementia. In addition, toxins in cigarette smoke increase oxidative stress and inflammation, which have both been linked to the development of Alzheimer’s disease.
Studies have shown that smoking increases the risk of developing lupus.
Smoking narrows blood vessels and worsens peripheral vascular disease (poor blood supply).
Antiphospholipid antibodies found in people with lupus may increase the risk of serious blood clots and stroke. Smoking also increases the risk of stroke. …
Lupus can cause hair loss and other skin symptoms.
(Antiphospholipid: Antiphospholipid (AN-te-fos-fo-LIP-id) antibody syndrome (APS) is an autoimmune disorder. Autoimmune disorders occur if the body’s immune system makes antibodies that attack and damage tissues or cells. Antibodies are a type of protein. They usually help defend the body against infections.)