The adverse effects of cigarette smoking are not matters that could be taken for granted. It is one of many causes of deaths around the world. The chemicals present in a single cigarette stick attacks the main organs of the body of which when damaged will bring about notable hazard to the overall condition of the health. Though, cigarette smoking is commonly connected to lung cancer, it is not only that lungs are affected by the harsh chemicals in cigarettes. Blood circulation is very much affected by smoking, too.
The toxins from cigarettes go into the blood and make the blood thicker and increases possibilities of clot formation. Also, the toxins increase the heart rate and blood pressure from the normal rate making it hard for the heart to function well. The toxins also narrow the arteries. When this happens, there is reduced amount of oxygen to circulate in the blood. These conditions which are affected by toxins will cause stroke and heart attack. Aside from changes in blood circulation that can cause heart attack, smoking also directly damages the heart. These changes will bring about coronary heart diseases. The presence of carbon monoxide in cigarettes stresses the heart. Other harsh chemicals damage the lining of coronary arteries. The stomach is also affected by smoking. Smoking can also cause ulcers, stomach cancers and kidney cancers.
It deteriorates the muscle that controls the esophagus and permits acid to enter wrong parts of the body resulting to reflux. The brain is not an exemption to organs affected by smoking. Stroke which are brought upon by smoking can cause brain damage and moreover death. Smoking triggers the development of brain aneurysm. When the blood vessel wall weakens because of smoking, a bulge will form in blood vessel and this can burst resulting to subarachnoid hemorrhage, a kind of stroke that can cause brain damage and death. The skin is also affected by the dangers of smoking. Smoking ages the skin making it appear dull and ugly. This is because the chemicals in cigarettes block the oxygen from entering the skin. It also causes ugly complexion, sagging skin, wrinkles and hollow cheeks.
However, all these conditions and damages brought about by smoking can be prevented and improved by quitting smoking. After about twenty years of not smoking, the heart, brain, stomach and skin and all the damaged parts of your body will fully recover.