and Health Problems
Smoking and health problems are numerous.
We all know the main health problems associated with smoking:
lung cancer, emphysema and heart disease.
Smoking and health problems transcend all ages and demographics.
Even unborn babies are effected by smokers.
This is a list of many health problems related to smoking not only tabacco cigarettes, but also smokeless cigarettes, cigars, pipes and hookah water pipes.
- Cancer - Lung cancer is foremost; other cancers include mouth, esophogeal, oral, larynx, breast, colon, cervical and other cancers throughout the body.
- Emphysema - This is the breakdown of lung tissue, which is very thin and delicate. Emphysema is characterised by shortness of breath which can lead to impaired heart function.
- Heart Disease - From Wikipedia: "is an umbrella term for a number of different diseases affecting the heart. As of 2007, it is the leading cause of death in the United States, England, Canada and Wales".
SOME of the diseases in this grouping are coronary heart disease, cardiomyopathy, cardiovascular disease, ischaemic heart disease, heart failure, hypertensive heart disease, inflammatory heart disease, valvular heart disease, and others. Results from these diseases can be heart attack and stroke, most commonly.
- Mental Health Problems - Smoking is related to higher rates of several mental health problems - mainly depression and anxiety.
- Irregular Sleep - Characterised by having difficulty falling & staying alseep, waking frequently, not able to go back to sleep after waking, restless sleep.
- Sexual Dysfunction - Common effects from smoking are impotence and ED (erectile dysfunction).
- Eyesight - Smoking can lead to cataracts, which in turn can lead to blindness.
- This is a chronic condition with the respiratory system in which the airways become inflamed, constrict and produce excessive amounts of mucus. The narrow airways cause symptoms such as wheezing, coughing, shortness of breath and tightness in the chest.
- Cognitive dysfunction - There is an increased risk of Alzheimer's disease, decline in cognitive ability and memory and brain shrinkage from smoking.
- Organ Damage - The chemicals from smoking travel throughout the whole body and permeate all cells. This can lead to damaging effects of organ function, notably in the kidneys, pancreas, stomach, gall bladder and small intestine.
- Gum Disease - This can lead to tooth loss, receding gums and slow healing of the mouth after oral surgery.
Effects of Smoking During Pregnancy:
There have been many studies done on the effects of smoking while a woman is pregnant (or breathing second-hand smoke during her pregnancy).
Not only can smoking during pregnancy lead to a spontaneous abortion, but also low birth weight and under-development of the baby.
Some of the related health conditions are increased instances of SIDS(sudden infant death syndrome), ADD, learning and developmental problems, behavioral problems, violence and criminality.
Irreversible Health Effects of Smoking:
Smoking and health problems can be long-lasting. It has been shown that smoking for as little as 5 years can lead to some irreversible health effects.
Some permanent health effects can be to the lungs, heart, eyes, throat, urinary tract, digestive organs, bones, joints, and skin.
This is not to discourage people from quitting smoking. It has also been shown that over time many health effects are reversed or improved greatly by stopping smoking.
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