Smoking is not only dangerous to the person who does it but also to the people around them. This is because not only is smoking harmful but secondhand smoke is as well. Both increase the likelihood of a number of very harmful and even fatal diseases.
Smoking can be deadly. Each year, many people in the United States and around the world die from smoking-related diseases, in fact, it is known that half of the people who smoke will die directly from this harmful addiction and many of these deaths will occur when people are middle-aged while they are only in their forties and fifties.
Cigarettes and the chemicals included in tobacco and nicotine are known to be linked to various types of cancers. Smoking can also be bad for your heart. This is because carbon monoxide and nicotine, which are found in cigarettes, work against your heart. It speeds up your heart rate as well as your blood pressure. It puts a strain on the both the vessels in your heart and your heart itself. Smoking can also increase your risk of having a stroke and amputation. This is because smoking decreases the speed of your blood flow, which decreases to oxygen in your hands and your feet. If this is not corrected or treated, this could easily lead to amputation.
Smoking increases the amount of tar in your lungs, much like a chimney, which can lead to throat and lung cancer. Low tar cigarettes, don’t do much to curb this, because of many smokers just take more deep breaths, which puts the tar farther into the lungs. Smoking also takes oxygen away from the tissues in your body, including your brain and your muscles, which makes everything in your body work much harder. After a while, if you continue to smoke, the airways decrease, and it’s more difficult to get air in your lungs. Emphysema and bronchitis are also common diseases that effect individuals who smoke.
There are many good reasons not to smoke. Smoking poses a great health risk to individuals who smoke and to those around you. Subsequently, it is very important that you take steps to quit and safeguard not only your own body and health, but also those around you. Secondhand smoke can also cause various lung diseases and even death.