New year got you thinking about resolutions? Well, if you are looking to get fit, get healthy, or take better care of your body, doing so without tobacco smoke is the way to go! Here are 5 ways cigarettes affect the body. Every major system of the body is affected by cigarette smoke and it isn’t pretty, so you may really want to consider an alternative!
Research recently found a link between tobacco smoke and osteoporosis. While there are many other attributing causes of this awful disease, smoking is one of them.
Reproductive Health & Pregnancy:
Everyone knows one of the worst things a pregnant woman can do is expose herself, and her unborn child to cigarette smoke. Those who irresponsibly take the chance and smoke while carrying endanger their baby’s life in so many ways. Risks include low birth weight, preterm birth, chances of baby being stillborn, ectopic pregnancy, sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS), and the risk of the child being born with orofacial clefts. Additionally, smoking can also have a negative effect on men’s reproductive health by decreasing fertility.
Smoking causes cancer. We can’t get more blunt than that. Here are some of the top varieties of cancer known to be caused by the 70+ carcinogens found among the 7000 chemicals in cigarettes:
Lungs & Respiratory System:
Cigarette smoke has the potential to destroy the lungs and respiratory system, as it is well documented. Here are a list of the illnesses known to be caused by smoking that affect the lungs and breathing (not including lung cancer):
- Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD)
- Chronic Bronchitis
Heart & Blood Vessels
The negative effect of smoking on the heart is also common knowledge. The diseases it can cause include: atherosclerosis, aneurysms, coronary heart disease, peripheral arterial disease (PAD), stroke, as well as varieties of cardiovascular disease: high blood pressure, heart-related chest pain, heart attack and/or damage to the arteries, and coronary heart disease (CHD).
So, if you love your body, stop smoking tobacco cigarettes. If you’re trying to take better care of your body this year, drop the cigs for good. If you’re looking for a better way to have nicotine and keep up with the hand-to-mouth habit, consider the option of smoke free, tobacco free electronic cigarettes. For more informations on buying e-cigarettes, or to learn more about them, look no further than the EverSmoke Learning Center! Options await you!