Smoking – What Beyond Lung Cancer?

May 22nd, 2012 by | Category: Cancer

“Cigarette” has a FRENCH origin. It means a cylinder of tobacco rolled in paper for smoking. But it can apply to similar devices or cylinders containing herbs or anything other than the two. As recorded by The United States’ Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, tobacco use is the single most important preventable threat to human health in developed countries and an important cause of premature death worldwide.

The main health hazards in tobacco pertain to diseases of the cardiovascular system, in particular smoking being a major risk factor for a myocardial infarction (heart attack), diseases of the respiratory tract such as Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) and emphysema, and cancer, particularly lung cancer and cancers of the larynx and tongue.

Whether or not smoking will increase the chances of your catching the disease depends upon many factors such as the length of time of smoking, the amount smoked etc. If an individual decides to stops smoking in that case these changes start decreasing slowly as repair system of the body gets activated.

Various diseases linked to smoking tobacco cigarettes include lung and other types of cancers, Stroke, Respiratory ailments such as the common cold and bronchitis, Peripheral vascular disease, Birth defects of pregnant smokers’ offspring, Impotence, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, emphysema and chronic bronchitis in particular. People who smoke are more likely to develop cataracts that may cause blindness. Smoking can reduce memory and cognitive abilities also.

For a long time now, link between smoking and wrinkles has been known. Smoking activates the gene responsible for destroying collagen. Collagen is the structural protein that gives the skin its elasticity.

Smoking can cause premature wrinkling of the skin, bad breath, and yellow fingernails besides smoker’s clothes and hair smelling bad all the time, which is considered against social discipline or manners.

Smoking is sometimes also responsible for development of osteoporosis. Osteoporosis is about bone density loss. Women are particularly prone to it after hitting the menopause. The reason is that estrogen produced by the ovaries, which gradually keeps calcium in the bones, after menopause the ovaries produce less estrogen and the loss of calcium from the bone increases.

These are just some of the health hazards of smoking. There are more harms smoking can cause beyond what has been discussed here. Please read my next article to get a complete picture of what smoking can do to you as smoker and even passive smokers.

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