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Smoking: Health Dangers You Should Know

November 15, 2012
Smoke HazardsYou can eat organic fruits, veggies, and take healthy products for your hearts content -- but all these endeavor for a healthy lifestyle means less if you smoke. 'Smoking is bad for your health' is a cliché you hear many times, but only few people respond to he call of quitting this dangerous habit.
 
The main reason why quitting the nicotine infested puff is necessary is because it is not good for the health. It is as plain as that, but most of smoker will neglect the warning and go ahead with the vice. Around the world, smoking is a disease to produce one of the highest rate of deaths and and other diseases that can make a person's life miserable. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), one of 10 adult deaths in 6 six seconds all over the world is caused by smoking—a very alarming rate that cannot be taken for granted.
 
Damaging Health
There are approximately 4000 chemical compounds and at least 400 toxic substances that can be found in cigarettes. When you inhale the smoke from the burning tobacco, it produces toxins and harmful elements that you should beware for your health. The most notable substances in cigarettes when it comes to damaging your health are;
 
  • tar – a combusted particle of burnt tobacco is known to be carcinogenic. It also accumulates in the lungs and can damage the organ over time.

  • nicotine – a highly addictive substance that works on every part of the nervous system. It acts as a stimulant, and high doses will lead to severe health problems. This drug makes quitting difficult since it gives pleasurable feeling that allures the smoker to continue smoking to achieve the same effect to the mind and emotions.

  • carbon monoxide – an colorless, non-irritant, and odorless gas, it is one of the most common causes of fatal poisoning in UK and other countries today. It starves the body of oxygen causing the brain to swell, thus inducing death.

 
The damages these substances can bring to the health are generally influenced by factors such as the frequency of smoking and the number of tobacco consumption.
 
Life Expectancy
According to research, when a person smokes, he or she is losing seven to eight years of his or her life. In the UK, of the 300 who die due to smoking are mostly young and under the age of 70.
 
Quitting
If you are a smoker who wanted to reduce your risk of getting illnesses acquired because smoking, quitting is a decision you will never regret. There are plenty of benefits you will get if you will stop the habit. First in line is the improvement in your general health. Your senses, especially taste and smell will come back like the days you haven't try smoking. Your heart and lungs will be less strained, functioning efficiently to provide a better breathing and blood circulation for you.
 
In truth quitting the habit is not an easy task to do, but never be discouraged, it may take you a lot of effort at first, but the reward is freedom from the bond of sickness and dangers for your health. You can do it if you will.
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