Smoking cigarettes, or in other words tobacco, is a habit that can destroy you both financially as well as in terms of your health. This habit is becoming more and more common every day. However, it has been prohibited in only a few countries of the world. Many NGOs and social organizations are making efforts to wage a war against smoking. At the moment, it is vital to increase awareness about smoking so that its harmful and deteriorating effects can be revealed. Some of its most harmful effects are explained below.
- Twenty percent of ailments which are caused by smoking are related to the heart. Mostly, smokers fall prey to heart diseases between the ages of 30 and 40. Every year, 120,000 people die due to heart diseases caused by smoking.
- Tobacco contains an extremely poisonous substance called nicotine. It causes the blood vessels to constrict, thereby hampering the smooth flow of blood.
- Smoking badly affects the internal nervous system as a result of the effect of nicotine. This leads to the deterioration of the overall health.
- The smoke released from cigarettes leads to cardiovascular disease.
- The levels of hormones are affected due to smoking. In particular, smoking leads to a decrease in the levels of estrogen and testosterone.
- Every year, 48 percent of smokers fall prey to cancer due to the smoke emitted from cigarettes. They might develop the cancer of the throat, cancer of mouth, cancer of the tongue as well as cancer of the alimentary canal.
- The respiratory system and the lungs are also affected because of smoking. The respiratory system diseases may gradually develop into the lung cancer.
- Smoking makes the respiratory vulnerable to a number of respiratory system diseases. These include cough, flu and pneumonia.
- Women might suffer from a number of gynecological problems as well as infertility. Research has revealed the fact that 30 percent of all gynecological problems faced by women are a result of the harmful effects of nicotine found in cigarettes and their smoke.
- During pregnancy, smoking can put the risk of both the mother and fetus at risk.
- Smoking can lead to male sex related problems in men. It leads to a decrease in the sex drive. Infertility may also be caused in men due to smoking.
- Different psychological disorders, such as depression and anxiety, are a consequence of smoking.
- Smoking results in several digestive problems which include acidity and indigestion.
- Studies have revealed that smokers have a shorter life expectancy as compared to people who do not smoke.
Smoking leads to many social issues as well. A large amount of money is spent in order to give in to this addiction.