Smoking is a detrimental habit that can significantly endanger your overall health and well-being. But, this habit still exists among 38 million Americans as per the database of CDC -Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Not only will your lungs suffer from this habit but as well as your entire body. If you smoke daily, the health disadvantages because of smoking are enormous. Continue reading and get closely familiar what smoking can do to your body or to the close friends and family that enjoy this nasty habit.
What smoking does to your lungs?
The NHS – National Health Service maintains the following facts about daily smoking and its influence on your lung and respiratory health.
Smoking cigarettes undermines the function of the immune system which will make your body more prone to colds and coughs. However, these are only mild health conditions; daily smoking can lead to more serious and fatal diseases like pneumonia, emphysema, and lung cancer.
This habit narrows airways and kills lung tissue thereby making the breathing of a smoker harder. Individuals suffering from COPD – Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease are very frequently short of breath during activities and suffer from persistent cough with phlegm and frequent chest infections.
Statistics say that 84% of deaths are from lung cancer and 83% of deaths from COPD.
Daily smoking can lead to inflammation build up in your lungs, thereby the breathing will get harder and the air passages will get restricted. The lungs have tiny air sacs, or otherwise known as alveoli that aid with oxygen exchange. The smoking kills these air sacs, and they cannot regenerate and as a result of that you cause permanent damage to your lungs when you smoke.
Aside the lung cancer you can as well as get mouth and/or throat cancer, in fact smoking causes over 93% of oropharyngeal cancers affecting the throat.
The reason why smokers often suffer from colds and infections is because smoking paralyzes and even destroys cilia, the tiny hairs in your airways. These hairs are essential for cleaning out the mucus and dirt and in that way the lungs remain in good health and free of debris. Without the presence of these hairs, the smoker is at a higher risk of infection as there is nothing that can filter out the contaminants.
Smoking is very dangerous for your health, and even if you do not have any lung complication, the chances of mortality are higher in smoker than in non-smokers. As per a conducted study in BMJ Journals, men and women in Norway who smoked 1 to 4 cigarettes per day showed a substantially elevated terminal risk from ischaemic heart disease and other causes. When lung cancer was concerned, the female gender showed higher risk of lung cancer.
Although people are aware that smoking can be very bad for them they still continue to do it mainly because of stress, pressure from peers, or it just turns into a habit that you cannot get rid of it that easily. But, always have in mind that each time you smoke a cigarette, you are in fact inhaling more than 5,000 different chemicals along with the tar and nicotine directly into your lungs. In order to avoid stress and as a result of that you smoke cigarettes, you should try yoga, meditation, or exercise, which will relax the body without any of the side effects that smoking can cause.
After you have read what smoking can do to your lungs, and you are still not convinced, then we believe that the following picture will for sure convince you. Here is what your lungs will look like if you smoke every day for 20 years.
Remember that our health is the most precious thing that we have in life and because of that we need to keep it, and activities like smoking is not a good welfare of our health.
We are hoping that we convinced you with this article how detrimental smoking can be and this will make you to quit and as well as encourage your close ones to stop it as well.