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Smoking facts - facts about smoking

Smoking Causes Health Problems

People using cigarettes, cigars or pipes are always advised to quit smoking. This nasty habit endangers their health and quitting may attribute to it more than just proper eating and physical activity. Smokers are known to experience decreased blood flow to the arms and legs and suffer from cold hands and feet because of that.

Nicotine present in cigarettes, cigars and pipes affects the nerve-muscle connection. As a result, a smoker can suffer from shaking and tremors. The same substance, nicotine, affects the arteries as well, leading to their narrowing and constriction and thus causing extra load on the heart. Blood becomes more viscous in people who smoke, so their blood has a decreased ability to transport oxygen to the tissues in the body.

Smoking just 2 to 4 cigarettes per day may cause an increase of your blood fats of 2 to 4 times (or 200 to 400%). Heart diseases are also more frequent in smokers. Older men who smoke about 30 cigarettes per day are exposed to 4 to 6 times higher risk of heart diseases than non-smokers.

Nicotine affects the nervous system too. First effects are usually stimulation, excitement and anxiety, but after that there is a period of depression until the smoker lights another cigarette to feel better. Affecting the nerve centers in the brain, nicotine is also found to be responsible for the negative effects on the breathing and sweating. Intestinal and heart actions are also affected by this substance.

Pregnant women may endanger their unborn child’s health if they smoke during pregnancy. Smoking in pregnancy has been associated with premature birth, lower infant weight at birth and increased pulse in a newborn. Parents who smoke have high chances to contribute to the development of respiratory diseases in their child.

Smokers usually have problems with running or other physical activity. They need more time to recover from diseases and they get sick more often than people who don’t smoke. Among many other things, smokers are exposed to higher rate of lung cancer than non-smokers, due to the combination or air pollution and their own habit.

Conditions Caused by Smoking

Smokers have stained teeth and fingers, as well as the hair. Smoking is associated with nausea, nervousness, headaches, convulsions, insomnia, gastrointestinal problems and neuralgia. Respiratory problems are much more frequent in smokers and there are also heart-related diseases and disorders.

Arthritis, ulcers, premature aging and wrinkles are also caused by this unhealthy habit. Leukoflakia (smokers’ patch), smokers’ hack, tobacco angina and Buerger’s disease are common among smokers.

People who smoke have high chances to develop different ulcers and cancers, emphysema, pulmonary tuberculosis and pneumonia. Smoking may impair your hearing, cause depression and decrease sexual activity.

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