Smoking Risks

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Smoking Risks

 

If you smoke or know someone who smokes, then it is a good idea to know the smoking risks you may be exposing yourself to. What we are trying to do here is make you aware of these health risks that are associated with smoking cigarettes.

The idea is to improve your awareness  by educating and informing you and it will be up to you whether you want to do the right thing or not. This is not scaremongering!

It remains your choice whether you wish to continue with the habit of smoking cigarettes or think about the damage to your health as you consider the smoking risks we have outlined below.

 So, what are the health risks associated with smoking or shall we say smoking risks?

You probably have heard it and its not made up because it is true. What am I talking about?

Well over three-quarters of lung cancers are caused by smoking.

Smoking also has strong associations with other cancers like:

As you know, when you smoke, you inhale the smoke into your lungs which over time corrodes your respiratory tract i.e your natural breathing apparatus.

As a result you could develop prolonged irritation of your windpipe (chronic bronchitis) which if you continue to smoke will lead to serious damage to your lung tissue medically called emphysema.

As a smoker, one of the smoking health risks is that you are more susceptible to suffer from pneumonia which is the medical term for inflammation of the lungs.

Nicotine from the cigarettes is not good for your heart and your blood vessels…..at all.

Smoking continuously for years will harden your blood vessels and the blood vessels supplying your heart muscle.

When the blood vessels supplying oxygen to your heart muscles are damaged by becoming quite narrow, you end up with angina with or without a heart attack both of which are called coronary heart disease.

Damage to other blood vessels in the brain can result in strokes which if you are very unfortunate can affect your quality of life to a large extent.

Damage to blood vessels supplying blood and oxygen to your legs can result in what we call peripheral vascular disease. In severe forms, amputation is a strong possibility.

If you suffer from asthma and you smoke cigarettes, a smoking risk is that your asthma condition will very likely get worse – poorer control and longer individual asthmatic attacks.

Smokers are more likely to suffer from common cold than non-smokers.

Bad news for men who smoke cigarettes, as one of the smoking risks is erectile dysfunction which in layman’s terms is impotence. The reason impotence happens to smokers is all to do with hardening and narrowing of blood vessels which reduces blood flow to the penis.

Reduction of blood flow means less engorgement of the penis – no engorgement or poor engorgement of the penis means no erection. Not nice at all!

One more smoking risk that can affect both men and women is that smoking can affect your ability to have children. In men, smokers have poorer sperm quality as sperm count, sperm motility (sperm's ability to swim) can be affected.

It is not clear how smoking causes infertility in women, but women smokers usually improve their fertility chances when they discontinue the habit.


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