A person who smokes may have heard the plea, “Smoking is enormously harmful and dangerous to one’s health”, a million times. In addition, smokers also probably are aware that smoking increases one’s risks of acquiring heart disease, stroke, cancer, chronic bronchitis, and other killer conditions. Then, why is smoking still one of the leading causes of deaths in the Philippines?
According to the Global Adult Tobacco Survey, 17.3 million Filipino adults starting from age 15 years old are current smokers; 14.6 million are male smokers and 2.8 million are female smokers. If it is to be estimated on a daily basis, men most likely consume 11 cigarettes per day. Meanwhile, women most likely consume 7 cigarettes per day.
Smoking remains one of the biggest causes of deaths in the Philippines. It is considered as one of the acts that can severely harm not just your physical attributes, but also your organs. Some of these harmful effects are immediate while others will fire back after a couple of years of smoking. Find out the health effects of smoking by reading the following information thoroughly.
- Nicotine is addictive. This chemical can change one’s brain activity. Once nicotine entered your system, it will make you feel more energized. However, after some time, you will feel tired and tend to crave for more that leads to regular smoking. If nicotine withdrawal occurs, one may feel anxious and irritable.
- A smoker’s face tends to be drier compared to a non-smoker. This happens because your skin loses its natural glow and elasticity. It will also lead to several skin conditions such as wrinkles, stretch marks, skin asthma, psoriasis, and a lot more.
- Smoking raises one’s blood pressure and heart rate resulting to more stress to your body’s main organ. As time passes by, the carbon monoxide from the inhaled cigarette smoke also contributes to a lack of oxygen, making the heart pump less. This increases one’s chances of having any cardiovascular diseases. Smoking also make one’s blood thick and sticky. Once the blood becomes thick and sticky, it damages the delicate lining of the blood vessels. The damage can increase the risk of a heart attack or stroke.
- Smoking causes inflammation in the small airways and tissues of your lungs. This will result to shortness of breath and wheezing. Once inflammation occurs, it may lead to physical changes to your lungs that may result to lung irritation and chronic cough condition.
- This includes:
- Stained teeth – Yellowish or brownish stains on the teeth are signs of long term smoking.
- Bad teeth – Infection or inflammation of the gums which can cause tooth decay and tooth loss.
- Bad breath
- Smokers tend to have bigger bellies and less muscle than non-smokers.
- Reproductive system
- Smoking increases the risk of erectile dysfunction. The chemicals can also be damage the genetic component of the sperm cells which can cause infertility and child birth defects. Also, women who smoke has a higher risk of developing cervical cancer.
These negative health effects can be prevented once you quit smoking. Always remember that smoking is dangerous to your health and affects your entire body.
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Smokefree.gov. 18 Ways Smoking Affects Your Health. Retrieved from http://smokefree.gov/health-effects.