Health Impacts of Smoking

The chemicals contained in cigarette smoke cause damage to a smoker’s heart and lungs, making it harder for their body to fight off infections and increasing their risk of developing a range of potentially serious and life threatening conditions.

Cigarette smoking also causes reduced circulation by narrowing the blood vessels (arteries).

The health complications caused by smoking include:

  • At least 13 types of Cancer, including cancers of the cervix, esophagus, kidney, larynx (voice box), lip, lung, oral cavity, pancreas, pharynx, stomach, and urinary bladder, and it also causes acute myeloid leukemia.
  • Cataracts
  • Chronic Bronchitis
  • Emphysema
  • Heart Attack
  • Skin Wrinkling
  • Stroke

Without a doubt, a smoker’s health can be seriously impacted by smoking.

Smokers also have a significantly reduced life expectancy, depending on how much they smoke, how long they smoked, their diet, how well they looked after themselves during their life, and their body’s natural ability to deal with their smoking.

In addition, the quality of life for smokers is also significantly reduced, because sooner or later the health complications caused by their smoking will slowly catch up with them.

Smoking also reduces the body’s ability to fight off disease and infection, such as colds, flu, and ear and lung infections (like pneumonia).

It has also been found that women who never smoked have higher bone density that postmenopausal women who smoke. Also, women who smoke have higher risk of hip and other fractures than never smokers.

In fact, smoking harms almost every organ of the body; causing many diseases and reducing the health of smokers in general.

Pregnant Women and Smoking

Extensive research has revealed that cigarette smoking can cause many adverse reproductive and early childhood effects.

Pregnant women who smoke are leaving themselves exposed to many risks, including:

    Infertility

    They may lose their babies (still birth).

    Their babies may be born early (Pre-term delivery).

    Their babies may be born small (low birth weight).

    Their babies are more likely to die of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS).

    Their children may be cranky, restless, and become sick more often.

    Their children are more likely to have learning problems.

If you are pregnant or thinking of having a baby, then there’s no better time to quit smoking than now. Quitting can help you have a healthy baby and a complication free pregnancy, as well as eliminate the risks of second-hand smoke on your family and friends.

Impacts of Second-Hand Smoke

Over the past few decades, a massive amount of research has been conducted into the effects of Second-Hand Smoke and a great deal of evidence on the dangers of second-hand smoke has been discovered as a result.

When a person smokes, the smoke their habit produces can be breathed in by members of their family, their friends, their co-workers, and people who happen to be nearby when they smoke, and eventually this smoke can cause serious health complications for these people.

Indeed, the health impacts of second-hand smoke for non-smokers is similar to that of smoke for smokers.
Even a little second-hand smoke can be dangerous.
Over a prolonged period, second-hand smoke can cause cancer, breathing problems, and heart disease in non-smokers who are subjected to the smoke.

It also reduces the body’s ability to fight off disease and infection, such as colds and flu. Non-smokers who are subjected to second-hand smoke have a reduced life expectancy.

Pregnant women who breathe second-hand smoke are subject to the same risks that pregnant smokers face.

In addition, children who breathe second-hand smoke have troubles too. They are much more likely to have breathing problems such as Asthma. They also get more ear and lung infections (like pneumonia).