Not long ago, tobacco companies touted the ‘benefits’ of smoking tobacco. These were things like ‘tobacco is natural’ and ‘breathe more oxygen’. However, today, it’s pretty obvious that tobacco kills. Research and the body of evidence from clinical, experimental, pathological, and epidemiological studies have established that smoking causes serious side effects and even death.
Scientists have calculated that you reduce your lifespan by approximately 10 minutes by smoking one cigarette. So, if you smoke 20 cigarettes a day, you reduce your lifespan by three years after 20 years. Despite the decades of research and lots of evidence, many people still believe they can escape this trauma.
Here are the additional side effects of smoking tobacco
Tobacco smoke contains nicotine, one of the most dangerous chemicals in existence. Nicotine is more poisonous than rattlesnake venom, cyanide and arsenic. In addition to this, cigarettes have more than 200 poisons and more than 4,000 chemicals. These chemicals turn organs such as kidney, liver, and pancreas as toxic waste dumps, and have been linked to cancers of the abdomen, mouth, kidney, esophagus, and many other cancers.
Carbon monoxide from cigarette smoke replaces the oxygen content in your blood and increases your chances of getting a deadly lung disease know as Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD). Smoking annihilates your lung tissues and significantly decimates your aerobic endurance.
Affects your brain
Direct exposure to chemicals and lack of oxygen causes significant damage to your brain. While nicotine causes addiction, the actual habit of smoking is one of the most addictive habits known to man. It makes almost every emotion you feel; anything you do become associated with smoking tobacco.
Affects your looks
Smokers look older than their actual age. Nicotine causes a reduction of blood flow to your skin, resulting in wrinkles. Smoking attacks the collagen in your skin (responsible for giving you a youthful glow) and gives your skin an ashy or a yellow look.
Smoking corrodes the teeth, gums, and olfactory organs. Researchers have established that smokers have a higher odd of losing their teeth than non-smokers. While the risk declines after quitting smoking, the risk continues to about 30 years after cessation.
Other side effects
Some other side effects of smoking tobacco include destructing of joint tissues, infertility, the annihilation of red blood cells, and damage to the immune system. Research also shows that smoking tobacco weakens your hair strands, and this your hair to break and turn gray before it’s time.