31 May marks World No Tobacco Day, held to discourage people from all forms of tobacco consumption and draw attention to its negative health effects. One of the most dangerous form of tobacco consumption is through smoking. Smokers are more at risk than they realise. Read about the five disastrous health effects of smoking.
Degrades your senses
A cigarette contains a substance called nicotine. Nicotine is a mind altering drug that affects the brain in mere seconds.Your sense of smell and taste is severely affected by nicotine. What is worse is that this drug is addicting and physical withdrawal from smoking can leave a person depressed and irritated.
Excessive smoking leads to macular degeneration, resulting in poor eyesight. Smoking decreases the amount of oxygen going to the organs in the ear, resulting in hearing loss.
Increases risk to life threatening illnesses
Cigarette smoke contains dangerous levels of tar and other pollutants which weaken your immune system, making you more vulnerable to diseases. Smoking also damages your DNA and increase the risk of getting cancer. In fact one-third of all cancer related deaths are caused by tobacco.
Excessive smoking increases blood pressure and makes your blood sticky and thick, putting strain on the heart, weakening it. This increases the risk of heart disease and stroke. Smokers are more likely to develop type 2 diabetes, a dangerous illness that can lead to blindness, kidney failure and amputation.
Makes you less attractive
Smoking can deteriorate your physical attractiveness. Excessive smoking can change the structure of the skin, making it dull and wrinkly. Your finger nails, teeth and the white of your eyes acquire yellow stains. Smoking makes the breath smell bad and the body retains the smell of tobacco long after the person has quit smoking. Smokers also have bigger bellies due to weaker stomach muscles.
Weakens your body
Smokers have fewer muscles compared to non-smokers due to muscle deterioration. Smoking also interferes with the health cycle of bones, weakening them. Overtime it can lead to thinner bone tissue and considerable loss in bone density. The lack of oxygen in the body along with damaged lungs makes a smoker tire easily.
Makes your social life worse
The effects of nicotine impair your cognitive function, affecting your ability to make decisions, leading to even more poor life choices. Your smell and ill-appearance also makes it harder for strangers to trust you or interact with you. Also your smoking habit can strain your relationship with your loved ones and can prove to be a barrier in befriending some people.
The habit of smoking should not be taken lightly as it leads to serious consequences. Smoking is hazardous; smoke affects your health as well as your mood and may even results in a premature death. Around 443,000 people die each year from this deadly habit. Share this article with your loved ones who are smokers to motivate them better in giving up the deadly habit.