Let’s face it. We all know these facts. However, we might still not follow them because of our addiction to nicotine, and because smoking gives us a ‘high’ that we love.
Whether you’re stressed at work, or need some time to yourself, or are just plain depressed and need a breather, cigarettes come in handy for smokers, and make them believe that they’re feeling more relaxed by inhaling & exhaling the tobacco
Here are a few things you need to know about smoking, and why you need to QUIT:
Why do smokers have wrinkles?
The nicotine in cigarettes causes narrowing of the blood vessels in the outermost layers of your skin, sources claim.
This impairs blood flow to your skin. With less blood flow, your skin doesn’t get as much oxygen and important nutrients, such as vitamin A, according to sources.
How does tobacco affect your hair?
“The 7,000 chemicals in cigarettes affect every cell in the body, including hair follicles,” said Folan. “Smoking has been associated with hair loss.”
Quitting smoking makes your hair look and smell better as the lingering “ashtray” odor is gone, sources further claim.
Do cigarettes cause hair loss?
Both men and women tend to develop thinner hair as they age, and smoking can accelerate this process. Some studies even suggest people who smoke are more likely to go bald. Researchers in Taiwan have identified smoking as a clear risk factor for male-pattern baldness in Asian men.
What other side effects exist for smokers?
Smokers appear pale, and develop uneven skin tones/colouring.
There are more than 4000 chemicals in tobacco smoke alone, and many of them trigger the destruction of collagen and elastin. The consequences include wrinkles and saggy skin.
Deep lines around the lips are caused by excessive smoking.
Age spots are blotches of darker skin color that are common on the face and hands, and smokers have more of these.
Yellow teeth and unhealthy gums are one of the most notorious effects of smoking, and smokers are twice as likely to lose their teeth as non-smokers.
Tobacco can stain the nails and skin, but the good news is they tend to get their colour back once you quit smoking.
Even the eyes are vulnerable to tobacco’s reach. Smoking makes you more likely to develop cataracts as you age. These are cloudy areas on the lens of the eye that keep light from reaching the retina. If they cause serious vision problems, they are treated with surgery.
Smoking affects nearly every organ in the body, including the heart. In people who smoke, the arteries that carry blood to the heart become narrowed over time. Smoking also increases blood pressure and makes it easier for blood to clot. These factors raise the odds of having a heart attack. In men who smoke, reduced blood flow can lead to erectile dysfunction.
Smoking’s impact on the heart and lungs can add up to a significant disadvantage on the track or field. Smokers tend to have a more rapid heart rate, poorer circulation, and more shortness of breath — not helpful qualities in an athlete. Whatever your favorite sport, one way to enhance your performance is to quit smoking.
Women who smoke have a tougher time getting pregnant and giving birth to a healthy baby. Cigarettes have been linked to fertility problems. And smoking during pregnancy raises the odds of having a miscarriage, premature birth, or delivering a low-birth-weight infant.
Compared to nonsmokers, people who smoke or use smokeless tobacco products are more likely to develop oral cancer.
Lung cancer is the top cancer killer of men and women in the U.S. Of those who die from the disease, 9 out of 10 deaths are due to smoking. Cigarettes can also damage the lungs in other ways, making people more vulnerable to breathing problems and dangerous infections like pneumonia.
IS IT EASY TO QUIT SMOKING?
While experts agree that giving up cigarettes altogether is very difficult, it isn’t impossible. There are 45 million smokers in the United States, but according to one research there are at least 48 million former smokers; people who quit.
This brings us back to the fact that smoking can be quit, and it is doable. Keeping in mind that some people have to try more than once, only 7% tentatively succeed to quit without help. Asking a doctor for quitting strategies is a good idea.