The Effects Of Smoking On Your Health

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While most people are fully aware that smoking is bad for you and it can have a negative impact on your health, not everyone knows all of the risks. This is why it is never a bad thing to remind yourself of the negative effects of smoking and how it can be detrimental to your health. These are just some of the negative effects that smoking can have on your health.


It is reported that cigarettes are directly responsible for close to one third of all deaths caused by cancer and is responsible for close to 90% of all lung cancer deaths. Cigarettes have been recognised as a major factor in cancer in the oesophagus, bladder, throat, mouth and the larynx as well as the lung. Given that lung cancer is hard to diagnose until it is in an advanced stage, there is a low survival rate for people who have been diagnosed with this disease.

Heart Disease

Smokers are up to 4 times more likely to be affected by some form of heart disease. A reason for this is that nicotine, due to the level of adrenaline it releases, will increase your heart rate, causing problems and robbing your body of oxygen. The toxins involved with smoking will also block arteries and damage blood vessels.


Smoking can lower your circulation, leading to health issues and it has been known to have a negative impact on your respiratory system. This is why many smokers are out of breath after a simple burst of activity. Female smokers also have to be aware that smoking can have a negative impact on their ability to conceive and the health of their child if they do become pregnant.


Smoking can also age you, draining life and vitality from your face and body.


With all of these negative effects of smoking, it is easy to see why so many people would be keen to quit smoking. Of course, it is not always easy to give up as many people are addicted to the nicotine. This is why it is sensible to consider additional products that can help wean you off cigarettes.


Nicotine patches are an ideal way for people to gradually lower their desire for nicotine, eventually leading them to be free from smoking. Nicotine patches provide the wearer with a gradual release of nicotine over a number of hours, which should remove their desire to smoke a cigarette. Given that this ensures the wearer is not receiving the harmful toxins and tar that are associated with smoking, nicotine patches are an effective smoking cessation product for many people.


Some people find that nicotine patches fail to take care of the psychological benefits or impact of smoking but it is an effective solution.


Many people are opting for e-cigarettes because they provide the same psychological effect of smoking while ensuring that you receive the nicotine. E-cigarettes contain a little mechanism in them that heats up liquid nicotine, this then turns into a vapour that smokers inhale and exhale.


The good thing about using electronic cigarettes as opposed to normal cigarettes is that you avoid tar and all of the harmful toxins. This means that e-cigarettes are deemed to be a much healthier alternative to smoking.


An electronic cigarette also provides people with something to do with their hands, this is a big complaint from many smokers who try to quit. The cost saving may not come initially but at least people can try and improve their health. The other good thing about smoking electronically is that you can use them indoors in many places. Never miss out on a conversation again!


Nicotine gum is another alternative to smoking and it provides a healthier and safer way to consume nicotine. Again, avoiding cigarettes provides people with the opportunity to avoid the harmful toxins or chemicals associated with cigarettes. Nicotine gum is a good way to gradually lower your nicotine intake, hopefully providing people with the opportunity to be free of cigarettes and their harmful impact on your body.


About The Author

Following the birth of his son in 2009, Paul was unfit and sluggish. Since then he's been training using a range of exercise techniques and gained some valuable information over the years. Events he has completed to date are Total Warrior, Pier To Pier, Bamburgh 10k, Hamsterley 10k, Blaydon Races, Newcastle Stampede and over 50 parkruns. In 2012 he created his own challenge called the '12 Days of Christmas.' He raised over £1000 for Percy Hedley by running 60 miles to celebrate their 60 years. In 2013 he ran the '12 parkruns of Christmas' with friend Lee Nyland. The pair raised over £1400 for the Tiny Lives Fund.

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