THE MANY DANGERS OF SMOKING.
Smoking affects primarily the lungs with conditions such as emphysema, chronic bronchitis, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and lung cancer. But the effects can spread far beyond your lungs.
Smoking also damages the cardiovascular system by tightening and narrowing blood vessels, which will eventually cause peripheral artery disease. It raises blood pressure and weakens blood vessel walls, which can increase the chance of a blood clot and a stroke. Smoking increases the risk of skin, mouth, throat, larynx, esophagus, and pancreatic cancer.
It increases the likelihood of fungal nail infections, hair loss, and an increased risk of developing type-2 diabetes because it has a negative effect on insulin. Finally, it lowers sex hormones and affects genital blood in men and women. This may lead to impotence in men, and decreased lubrication and ability to have orgasms in women.
Cigarettes contain about 600 ingredients that, when burned, generate 7,000+ chemicals, one of which is nicotine. It is a mood-altering drug that makes you feel better at first but tired and craving more as that effect wears off. This makes smoking habit-forming and extremely difficult to quit. Also, smokers experience withdrawal symptoms like cognitive functioning impairment, headaches, sleep problems, anxiousness, irritability and depression.
The mortality rate for smokers is three times that of people who never smoked. Secondhand smoke is just as dangerous, and children are especially at risk because their lungs are still developing.
Cigarette ads from the past blatantly exploited children, sexuality, and the people in uniform to whom we give our trust. Unfortunately, today’s ads are just as exploitative.