Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Smoking really kills!!!

Do you had any idea that Tobacco is a plant grown for its leaves, which are smoked, chewed, or sniffed for a variety of effects. It is considered an addictive substance because it contains the chemical nicotine.
Nicotine acts as both a stimulant and depressant on your body. It increases your bowel activity, saliva, and bronchial secretions. It stimulates the nervous system and may cause tremors in the inexperienced user, or even convulsions with high doses
.Nicotine may also cause sweating, nausea(discomfort in the stomach with an urge to vomit), and diarrhea.

  • Blood clots, which may lead to aneurysms and strokes
  • Cancer (especially in the lung, mouth, larynx, esophagus, bladder, kidney, pancreas, and cervix)
  • Coronary artery disease, including angina and heart attacks
  • Decreased ability to taste and smell
  • Delayed wound healing
  • High blood pressure
  • Lung problems such as emphysema and chronic bronchitis
  • Pregnancy-related problems, including miscarriage, premature labor, low birth weight, and risk for sudden infant death syndrome ( SIDS)
  • Tooth and gum diseases

Those who are regularly around the smoke of others (secondhand smoke) have a higher risk of:

  • Coronary artery disease
  • Lung cancer
  • Sudden and severe reactions, including those involving the eye, nose, throat, and lower respiratory tract

Infants and children that are exposed regularly to secondhand smoke are at risk of:

  • Asthma
  • Infections, including virus-caused upper respiratory infections, ear infections, and pneumonia
  • Lungs that do not work as well (poor lung function)
  • Sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS)
  • Within 20 minutes of quitting - your blood pressure and pulse rate drop to normal and the temperature of your hands and feet increases to normal.
  • Within 8 hours of quitting - your carbon monoxide levels drop and your oxygen levels increase, both to normal levels.
  • Within 24 hours of quitting - your risk of a sudden heart attack decreases.
  • Within 48 hours of quitting - nerve endings begin to regenerate and your senses of smell and taste begin to return to normal.
  • Within 2 weeks to 3 months of quitting - your circulation improves and walking becomes easier; even your lung function increases up to 30%.
  • Within 1 to 9 months of quitting - your overall energy typically increases and symptoms like coughing, nasal congestion, fatigue, and shortness of breath diminish; also, the small hairlike projections lining your lower airways begin to function normally. This increases your lungs' ability to handle mucus, clean the airways, and reduce infections.
  • Within 1 year of quitting - your risk of coronary heart disease is half that of someone still using tobacco.
  • Within 5 years of quitting - the lung cancer death rate decreases by nearly 50% compared to one pack/day smokers; the risk of cancer of the mouth is half that of a tobacco user.
  • Within 10 years of quitting - your lung cancer death rate becomes similar to that of someone who never smoked; precancerous cells are replaced with normal cells; your risk of stroke is lowered, possibly to that of a nonuser; your risk of cancer of the mouth, throat, esophagus, bladder, kidney, and pancreas all go down.

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