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Smoking Affects Your Other Organs As Well, Know How!

By: Niharika Choudhary
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You think smoking makes you look cool? Well, take a closer look at yourself.

So, did you notice any changes in yourself such as - first signs 'dirty yellow teeth', dark lips, wrinkles on your skin, frowns on your forehead due to being irritated and anxious all the time. You may be looking frail and weak because smoking has suppressed your hunger.

If the answer to these questions is a 'yes' then definitely you are on a wrong turn in your life. And if the answer is 'no', do not be happy because you are also losing your eyesight and could not see these detailed changes in yourself, thanks to that pack of cigarettes.

Whether you smoke one cigarette in a day or 10 packs, it is going to harm you.

I am sure all of you watch television, listen to FM, read and are online all the time. So much is said about and against smoking across the globe. However, it is surprising how people still continue to smoke even after knowing so much about it.

So, take a look at these health hazards that result as a side effect of smoking. Might be you would like to give yourself a second chance.


Lung Cancer, Bronchitis And Asthma

Over the time, regular smoking makes your lungs lesser efficient in filtering the harmful chemicals.

Slowly, these toxins get trapped in the lungs, leading to a condition when the air sacs in the lungs are completely destroyed, this condition is known as emphysema.

This also leads to swelling of the lining of the tubes of the lungs.

Long-time smokers end up maximising their risk of having lung cancer, bronchitis, etc.

Passive smokers are more prone to the risk of asthma.


Invitation To A League Of Cancers

Did you know that smoking not only puts you at risk of lung cancer but other cancers as well?

Yes, mouth cancer, larynx cancer and oesophagus cancer can be sure sign diseases that can be caused by smoking.

Smoking also increases the risk of pancreatic cancer, kidney cancer and blood cancer (leukaemia).


Makes You Age Fast

Smoking causes your skin to age fast.

You also end up in getting wrinkles and frowns, and eventually your skin looks discoloured and lifeless.


Puts You To The Risk Of Diabetes

Smokers are more vulnerable to develop diabetes than when compared to non smokers.

Smoking enhances insulin resistance in the blood, making the body more prone to the risk of type 2 diabetes.


Poor Eyesight

Regular smoking deteriorates your eyesight.

It can also make you more prone to other eye diseases like cataracts and macular degeneration.


Cardiovascular Diseases

Smoking reduces the level of good cholesterol and fuels the buildup of bad cholesterol, resulting into the raising of the blood pressure.

Nicotine causes the shrinking of the blood vessels, resulting into irregular flow of blood, putting you to the risk of cardiovascular diseases.



Smoking thickness the blood and increases the risk of a clot formation.

This weakens the blood vessels and increases the risk of strokes in smokers.


Yellow Teeth And Other Oral Problems

Smoking can give you many kinds of oral problems such as tooth decay or loss, bad breath, gum infection and other kinds of oral problems.

Regular smoking also ends up in yellowing and discolouring of the teeth.


Infertility And Pregnancy-related Complication

Women who are fond of smoking not only risk their healths but also their chances of conceiving.

Smoking affects fertility in women.

They experience more complications in conceiving, miscarriages and face problems throughout their pregnancy.

Smoking can also cause premature delivery.

Babies born to smoking mothers, while in their pregnancy, are at a risk of birth defects, low birth weight and other kinds of complications.


Early Menopause

As compared to non-smoking women, women who smoke experience a menopause at an earlier age.

Excessive smoking also puts a woman to the risk of cervical cancer.


Erectile Dysfunction

Smoking leads to a blood flow restriction in the private parts of a man.

This would eventually affect his ability to get an erection.

Excessive smoking can also cause infertility.


Kills Hunger

Smoking eventually kills your hunger, finally depriving your body of the required nutritional needs.

A lower appetite would result in your being underweight or anorexic.


Anxiety And Mood Swings

Nicotine is the mood-altering drug found in tobacco and it is strong enough to reach your brain in minutes.

Nicotine is the reason behind why you feel so pumped up soon after puffing a cigarette; but this energy dies down soon and you crave for another cigarette.

Read more about: smoking, organs, cancer, aging
Story first published: Thursday, March 10, 2016, 20:00 [IST]
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