Smoking may be a way a life for some people, while others find it a nuisance. How do we pick up this habit, for many it starts out as a curious act of peer pressure. Whether you’re a heavy, moderate or social smoker, I think it’s important that we truly understand what smoking can do to us.
Many of us are aware of how damaging smoking can be to the health and physical well being but are we doing anything to quit? It can be difficult for heavy smokers to go cold turkey but given the option, it’s always good to be reminded of what effects it has on us.
These are just some of the few things we should know about smoking:
1. Wrinkles & Age Spots Skin
Do you want to look 10 years ahead of your age? Smoking deprives the skin from oxygen and nutrients and causes premature aging. Heavy smokers will notice lines around the lips, forehead and normally have very dull or uneven skin tone.
2. Sagging Skin
Yes, most people are unaware that smoking can cause sagging of the skin not only on the face but under the arms and breasts. Researchers have identified smoking as a top cause of sagging breasts. There are more than 4,000 chemicals in tobacco which triggers the destruction of collagen and elastin in the skin.
3. Stained Teeth and Fingers
If you think lighting up a cigarette is cool or sexy, think again. Yellow fingers and teeth are never attractive, heavy smokers are prone to especially bad teeth and gums.
4. Hair Loss
Some studies suggest that smokers are more likely to go bald. Researchers in Taiwan have identified smoking as a clear risk factor for male-pattern baldness in Asian men. Generally given the results from many studies this applies to both men and women who tend to develop thinning of the hair due to long term smoking.
What does it mean? It’s basically the clouding of the eye’s natural lens which is also a leading cause of blindness found around the world. Smokers are more prone to vision problems and in fact doubles their chance of forming cataracts in during old age. This risk increases everytime you light up a cigarrette.
Similar to the risk of cataracts, smokers have a higher chance of developing Psoriasis. This unsightly chronic condition appears as a thick, scaly patch which usually forms under the elbows, scalp, hands, feet or knees. The risk for women who smoke more than 20 cigarettes per day is about 2.5 times greater than nonsmokers, while in men is at 1.7 times greater than nonsmokers.
7. Bad Bones
Bones make the total frame of our bodies. Tobacco causes brittle bones which may cause osteoporosis, painful aches and bone fractures.
8. Heart Disease, Oral & Lung Cancer
It goes without saying that smoking can cause many unwanted diseases from Oral gum diseases, lung cancer to heart failure. Narrowed arteries that carry blood to the heart may cause many bodily complications including increasing a person’s blood pressure not foregoing the risk of heart attacks.
9. Reproductive Problems in Men & Women
Smoking reduces sperm count in men who also tend to produce weaker sperms. Heavy smokers are also prone to many erectile dysfunctions. Women smokers are at a higher risk of experiencing miscarriages, premature birth and unhealthy babies.
10. Bad Stench
Commonly termed as the ‘Smoker’s Breath’ this may cause people to shy away from you, no one likes bad breath. However, not only does this apply to a person’s breath but the hair, fingers, clothes and everything that surrounds a smoker’s environment which will eventually start to smell like a smoking den.
There are many other bad side effects to smoking and even so to the people around us. While it can be a difficult habit to quit, we might want to consider the long term repercussions before we pick up the next cigarette. Being a moderate ex-smoker myself, my social spells of lighting up a stick has found a healthier habit.