We all know that smoking is harmful, not only to ourselves, but also those around us–but did you know smoking harms almost every organ in the human body? Smoking causes a variety of diseases, including cancer, heart disease, emphysema, and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), among others. Cigarettes contain over 4,000 chemicals, and more than 60 of those are known to cause cancer.
The Surgeon General’s 1982 report stated “cigarette smoking is the major single cause of cancer mortality in the United States”, and that statement is still true today. Approximately 443,000 people in the United States die from tobacco related illnesses each year.
Effects of Smoking on the Body
Some of the major effects on the body from smoking include:
1. Smoking is linked to reduced fertility and also higher risk of a miscarriage or early delivery, and can even cause stillbirth.
2. Smoking exacerbates pneumonia and asthma.
3. Smoking can cause gum disease.
4. Smoking is a major cause of aneurysms, which are often life-threatening.
5. Smoking may cause cataracts.
6. Smoking causes bone thinning.
7. Smoking can lead to peptic ulcers.
8. Studies have linked smoking to macular degeneration (an eye disease that may cause blindness).
9. Smoking causes emphysema, which has no cure.
10. Smoking raises blood pressure.
11. Smoking increases the pulse rate.
12. Smoking is a major cause of lung cancer (responsible for 9 out of 10 lung cancer deaths), cancer of the larynx, cancer of the esophagus, stomach, pancreas, and cancer of the oral cavity, including the mouth, tongue and lips, and is also often responsible for other types of cancer, such as cancer of the cervix and breast cancer.
13. Smoking leads to early menopause in women.
14. Smoking may lead to chronic bronchitis.
15. Smoking is a major cause of heart attacks.
16. The chemicals in cigarettes may lead to impotence (erectile dysfunction) in males.
17. Smoking causes breathing problems, which limits day to day activities, such as work and physical activities of any kind, non-recreational and recreational.
18. Smokers often experience chest pains.
19. Smokers often develop sore throats and are often hoarse.
20. Smoking may cause laryngitis.
21. Smoking damages the cilia in the ears and can lead to painful ear infections or hearing problems.
22. Smoking affects circulation by damaging the blood vessels.
23. Smoking may lead to a life-threatening stroke.
24. Smoking clogs the arteries.
25. Smoking robs the body of essential nutrients.
26. Smoking leads to chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, a serious disease with no cure.
27. Smoking causes bad breath and may even cause tooth decay.
28. According to National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases, smoking causes inflammation of the intestines and stomach and causes your kidneys to not function properly.
29. Smoking causes premature aging, with early signs of wrinkling.
30. Smoking yellows and stains the teeth.
There’s no doubt that smoking is a deadly, dangerous habit that affects practically every part of the human body. The good news is that quitting smoking greatly reduces your risk of cancer and other health problems that are caused by smoking cigarettes.