The Hazards of Smoking
The major health risks of smoking are pretty well known in most western countries due to the massive amount of publicity on the dangers on smoking, and anyone who claims not to know that smokers stand a higher risk of getting lung cancer and various heart diseases must have been living somewhere in the arctic pole for the last 20 years.
But there are a lot of other health risks faced by smokers that are less well-known, knowledge of which might be instrumental to persuading a smoker to kick the habit.
If you are a smoker, it might feel as if lung cancer can never happen to you, or that since you are 'still young', you have a right to enjoy your life, instead of 'wasting' your time worrying about something that might or might not happen to you in the distant future, a lot of young smokers feel this way too, but unknown to you, some of the less-well known hazards connected with smoking might already be affecting you right now.
The very first thing you need to know is that smoking-related cancer does NOT discriminate against age, sex, or race, you are just as liable to have it at 30 as you are at the age of 40.
In addition to lung cancer, smokers are also at a higher risk of developing mouth, throat, and esophagus cancer, as well as cancers of the stomach, colon and kidneys.
It really is not only about clogging up the lungs with smoke. there are a lot of other possible problems that arise when nicotine and other chemicals contained in cigarette smoke enter the bloodstream.An average cigarette contains thousands of various chemicals, many of which are toxic and are capable of doing severe damage to the body when they build up over a period of years or even months.
Other problems are caused by smoking occur when the body's organs are deprived of the vital oxygen they need to function properly, for example, our skin (which most of us highly cherish) needs oxygen which is delivered to it by the blood vessels, and when the oxygen content of the blood is too low (due to smoking) the skin becomes wrinkled leading to premature aging.
Another little-known effect of smoking is that it often affects the sexual organs, in men this leads to erectile dysfunction (inability to get an erection) , and infertility in women. Off course pregnant mothers who smoke are putting their unborn babies in grave danger, as cigarette smoke contains toxins that are extremely dangerous to the health of the fetus, and exactly why an expectant mother would smoke, even with a cursory knowledge of the harmful effects of smoking is beyond me.
Young children are also extremely sensitive to cigarette smoke and children of parents who smoke are far more likely to get respiratory infections than the kids of non-smokers, children of smokers also have a lower level of immunity, and are therefore more susceptible to diseases than the children of a non-smoker, plus it is a fact that children who grow up in a family where one or both parents smoke, usually become smokers themselves when they grow up.
And while you may not know it, smoking can also adversely affect your career, due to the fact that smokers tend to take sick leaves a bit more often than non-smokers, and also because when working for extended hours in a no-smoking environment, most smokers become tense and irritable, a lot of companies prefer not to hire them.
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Itoro J. Akpan is a prolific writer and the author of various health and fitness articles
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