How does smoking affect your health?

smoking,cancerHealth concerns usually top the list of reasons people give for quitting smoking. This is a very real concern: smoking harms nearly every organ of the body.
 
Half of all smokers who keep smoking will end up dying from a smoking-related illness. In the china alone, smoking is responsible for nearly 1 in 5 deaths, and more than 20 million people suffer from smoking-related diseases.
 
Cancer
 
Nearly everyone knows that smoking can cause lung cancer, but few people realize it is also linked to a higher risk for many other kinds of cancer too, including cancer of the mouth, nose, sinuses, lip, voice box (larynx), throat (pharynx), esophagus, bladder, liver, kidney, pancreas, ovary, cervix, stomach, colon, rectum, and acute myeloid leukemia.
 
Lung diseases
 
Smoking greatly increases your risk of getting long-term lung diseases like emphysema and chronic bronchitis. These diseases make it harder to breathe, and are grouped together under the name chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). COPD causes chronic illness and disability, and gets worse over time – sometimes becoming fatal. Emphysema and chronic bronchitis can be found in people as young as 40, but are usually found later in life, when the symptoms become much worse. Long-term smokers have the highest risk of developing severe COPD. Pneumonia and tuberculosis are also included in the list of diseases caused or made worse by smoking.
 
Heart attacks, strokes, and blood vessel diseases
 
Smokers are twice as likely to die from heart attacks as non-smokers. Smoking is a major risk factor for peripheral vascular disease, a narrowing of the blood vessels that carry blood to the leg and arm muscles. Smoking also affects the walls of the vessels that carry blood to the brain (carotid arteries), which can cause strokes. Smoking can cause abdominal aortic aneurysm, in which the layered walls of the body’s main artery (the aorta) weaken and separate, often causing sudden death. And men who smoke are more likely to develop erectile dysfunction (impotence) because of blood vessel disease.
 
Blindness and other problems
 
Smoking increases the risk of macular degeneration, one of the most common causes of blindness in older people. It promotes cataracts, which cloud the lens of the eye. It also causes premature wrinkling of the skin, bad breath, gum disease, tooth loss, bad-smelling clothes and hair, and yellow teeth and fingernails.
 
Special risks to women and babies
 
Women have some unique risks linked to smoking. Women over 35 who smoke and use birth control pills have a higher risk of heart attack, stroke, and blood clots in the legs. A woman who smokes is more likely to have an ectopic pregnancy (tubal pregnancy), which can’t be saved and can threaten the mother’s life. Smokers are also more likely to miscarry (lose the baby) or have a lower birth-weight baby. Low birth-weight babies are more likely to die or have learning and physical problems. And mothers who smoke during early pregnancy are more likely to have babies with cleft lip and cleft palate.

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