What Smoking Does To Your Body?
No matter how you smoke it, tobacco is dangerous to your health. It can lead to various complications as well as long-term effects on your body systems. While smoking can lead to various problems over several years, some of the bodily effects are immediate. Here are some of the effects on your body that you can experience with smoking.
Cigarette smoke contains carbon monoxide. The CO is responsible for displacing the oxygen in your skin and nicotine for reducing blood flow, resulting in the dry and discoloured skin. Moreover, smoking drains many nutrients, including vitamin C, which helps protect and repair skin damage. Moreover, smoking fastens skin’s ageing process, expecting wrinkles sooner. This harm can’t be undone and can lead to many skin diseases, including skin cancer and worse.
Male smokers are more prone to experience erectile dysfunction (ED). And the more you smoke, the worse it can get. An erection requires an adequate amount of blood flow, but smoking restricts blood flow and makes this process difficult. Moreover, men who smoke are more likely to get testicular cancer. And female smokers are more prone to cervical cancer.
Yellowish or brownish stains on the teeth are telltale signs of long-term smoking. Smoking also leads to tender, bleeding gums; painful chewing; bad breath. Gum disease is the leading cause of tooth loss. The more you smoke, the greater you’ve risk of gum diseases.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, smoking accounts for about 480,000 deaths each year in the US i.e., nearly 1 out of every 5 deaths. And approx. 80% of the deaths are due to chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) as those patients were smokers.
Smoking increases the risk of breathing problems. Moreover, it increases the risk of heart disease, abdominal aortic aneurysm, and peripheral vascular disease (the disease in the vessels that supply blood to the arms and legs).
Loss of appetite
Smoking can suppress your appetite by decreasing your sense of taste. This can make eating less enjoyable. However, you are more likely to get a taste of your food if you stop smoking.
Planning to quit smoking?
Fortunately, your body starts healing immediately when you quit smoking. You can start noticing positive changes in 20 minutes, such as your pulse returning to normal. Within 72 hours, your breathing eases and within one year your risk of heart attack reduces to half that of a non-smoker; and after 10 years your risk of lung cancer is 50% of a smoker’s.