Top 6 Serious Ailments Associated with Cigarette Smoking
Over 4,000 different chemicals are present in a single stick of cigar. Among which are: nicotine (a highly addictive poisonous substance often used as insecticide), carbon monoxide, methane, ammonia, nitric oxide, cadmium, arsenic, etc. Harmful in both smokers and victims of second hand smoke, here are the top diseases associated with such bad habit:
Smoking increases risk for chronic lung problems.
Smoking is the major cause of lung cancer and emphysema (a serious disease of the lungs). Whether mainstream or sidestream cigarette smoke, when inhaled, harmful substances present in such are trapped in the lungs destroying all living cells present there. Thus, lung function deteriorates.
Smoking increases chances of getting heart disease.
Medical studies show that cigarette smoke weakens blood vessel walls and increases the level of cholesterol in the blood, which can lead to atherosclerosis (a disease in which fatty material is deposited in the arterial walls). It can cause the coronary arteries to narrow, increasing the risk of heart attack due to impaired blood flow to the heart. Smoking also increases the risk of stroke (a blood clot or rupture in an artery of the brain).
Smoking increases risk for impotence.
Clinical studies show that males who smoke more than a pack of cigarette per day has 50% more chance of suffering from erectile dysfunction compared to those who are non smokers. A man’s bad habit of smoking is linked with his ability to get an erection. Thus, guys worried about their performance in the bedroom should quit getting lots and lots of nicotine if they want to keep their sex life alive.
Smoking increases risk of getting a reflux disease.
Unfortunately, one in five people suffer from heartburn or acid reflux, known medically as gastroesophageal reflux disease or GERD. People who smoke for long years are 70% more likely to have acid reflux disease than nonsmokers due to unhealthy factors brought by tobacco use.
Smoking increases risk for blindness.
Smokers are believed to be four times more at risk for blindness because they are more prone to having age-related macular degeneration than those who have never smoked. Age-related macular degeneration is a severe and progressive condition that results in loss of central vision. It results in blindness because of the inability to use the part of the retina that allows for ‘straight-ahead’ activities such as reading, sewing, and even driving a vehicle.
Smoking increases risk for cancer.
Cigars contain thousands of chemicals, mostly carcinogenic, capable of causing changes in the genetic material of cells that can lead to cancer. In addition to lung cancer, smoking can cause cancers of the mouth, throat, voicebox, esophagus, stomach, cervix, and bladder.