“Smoking is injurious to health” is what all tobacco companies write on their cigarette packs. They all say it loudly and clearly that smoking is not good for health.
But why you may wonder. Why is smoking bad for health? Well, there are numerous reasons for it. In ancient cultures, people smoked tobacco but did not face the diseases like we do today.
This is because their tobacco was not mixed with hundreds of toxic and addictive chemicals that today’s cigarettes’ are mixed with. The ancient people smoked organic tobacco and never suffered from it.
Their tobacco was pure and organic. Due to the pure and organic nature of tobacco, they did not have any adverse health effects and were not addicted to it.
But today the story is entirely different. Tobacco has become a highly commercial product, and so it has also become highly impure and toxic.
Forty per cent of all cancers make up for cancer from cigarette smoking in America. The toxic chemicals in cigarettes’ today have a lot of adverse effects on the body and cause many diseases and disorders.
Here are a few harmful effects of smoking on your health:
Death due to smoking
Let’s explore the big D word, and it’s connection to smoking. According to the Centers for Diseases Control and Prevention (CDC), smoking is the number one cause of preventable death in the US.
Preventable death means that death from smoking can be prevented with the right lifestyle choices. Smoking combined with poor diet and nutrition, lack of physical exercise and spiritual connection leads to only one thing: Death.
According to the CDC report, 90 per cent of all lung cancer deaths are due to smoking. And 80 per cent of all chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) deaths are due to smoking.
Smoking increases health risks
One of the adverse effects of smoking is that it increases health risks. Smoking chemical infused cigarettes’ lowers immunity and hence increases risks for health hazards.
The toxic chemicals present in commercial cigarettes’ attack the immune system and weaken the immune system to fight any external bacteria, viruses or parasites.
Research done by CDC shows that smokers are more prone to developing lung cancer, heart diseases or have a stroke than non-smokers.
Effects of Smoking on the heart
Smoking damages heart health and causes a number of cardiovascular diseases. Coronary artery disease and strokes are the most common cardiovascular conditions in the US that occur due to smoking.
According to the CDC, it does not matter if you smoke one or five cigarettes’; you are still prone to develop heart diseases due to smoking. This is mainly due to the toxic chemicals present in cigarettes’.
Smoking also causes hypertension which is high blood pressure. This happens because the chemicals damage the blood vessels. Due to the damage, the blood vessels grow thicker and narrower, making your heart beat faster.
Smoking damages the respiratory system
The chemicals in cigarettes irritate the windpipe and voicebox and reduce lung function.
Regular smokers are more prone to experiencing breathlessness as their windpipes narrow down, and the chemicals cause excessive mucus in the lungs.
The accumulation of poisonous chemicals from commercial cigarettes’ in the lungs and respiratory channel causes severe and sometimes irreversible lung damage.
Smoking chemically infused cigarettes’ cause the lungs’ air sacks permanent damage and also increase the risk of lung infections. Weakened lungs due to smoking cannot fight back harmful bacteria and further cause respiratory illnesses.
Smoking affects the sexual organs
One of the effects of smoking is that the chemicals have adverse effects on the sexual organs. Want to have a delightful sexual experience? Stop smoking.
Smoking reduces sperm count in men and increases the amount of deformed sperm. Yes, these chemicals are that harmful. Along with damaging the sperm on a genetic level, smoking is also proven to cause impotence and erectile dysfunction.
The erectile dysfunction may occur due to the lack of blood flow to the penis due to smoking.
In women, smoking may cause infertility, pelvic and abdominal pain and menstrual irregularities. In some women, smoking may cause complete stopping of menstruation.
Other effects of smoking on your health
There are hundreds of other adverse effects of smoking chemically infused commercial cigarettes. It causes cancer to various parts of the body and sometimes even the entire body.
There are many reasons why smoking causes illnesses and death. It is different for each person and involves various psychosomatic effects of smoking like suppressed traumas combined with poor lifestyle choices.
If you want to quit smoking, you can start by switching to organic tobacco or herbs. Organically grown chemical-free tobacco is a natural non-addictive plant which you can use to help you let go of smoking.
Kajal is a health enthusiast and believes that natural cures are the best cures. She believes that mother nature has cures for almost all diseases and living life holistically is the way forward.
Along with being a writer, Kajal is a health and wellness coach. It is her life’s mission and passion to spread the message of natural and holistic health.