Wednesday, April 30, 2008

Smoking and your body: a total onslaught

We all know that smoking increases the risk of lung cancer and heart attacks. But impotence? Tooth loss? Abnormal fat deposits? Blindness? With each new medical study, it becomes more apparent that smoking is a total onslaught, harming any tissue in the body that needs a reliable supply of oxygen- in other words, every tissue in the body. Tobacco use has been implicated in over 50 medical conditions that can seriously compromise your quality of life, and even kill you. Some of these are listed here. Smoking can harm your:



Brain

Smoking doubles your risk for stroke. Smoking has been implicated in degeneration of mental function.



Skin

Smoking typically results in premature skin aging. Smokers have a two to three times greater risk of developing the chronic skin condition psoriasis.



Eyes

Smoking increases your risk of blindness due to age-related macular degeneration by up to four times.



Mouth

A smoker’s risk of developing oral (mouth) cancer is four times that of a non-smoker. Smoking increases the risk for gum disease, which is associated with tooth loss and halitosis Smokers usually have a poor sense of taste



Ears

Children exposed to passive smoke tend to have more middle ear infections.



Nose

Smoking has been linked to cancer of the nasal cavities and sinuses, Smokers usually have a poor sense of smell.



Throat

Smoking increases your risk for cancer of the phanryx (throat). Smoking increases your risk for cancer of the larynx (voice box).

Oesophagus

Smoking increases your risk for cancer of the oesophagus (gullet).



Lungs

One in 10 moderate smokers and almost one in five heavy smokers will die of lung cancer. Smoking is a major risk factor for COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease), which includes such conditions as emphysema and chronic bronchitis. Smoking worsens asthma symptoms and renders asthma medication less effective.




Heart

Smoking increases your risk for heart disease and heart attack by two - three times.

2 Comments:

At 8:57 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

I don't know about you, but I see healthy smokers all over. They have none of the dread diseases shown on this post. You wouldn't be making this up, would you?

 
At 4:23 PM , Blogger Melvin Lee said...

I am not a doctor nor an expert. just a humble reader. It would take time before this risks do come to smokers. I've seen healthy men and women die first and not smokers. Hey who knows second hand smoking is much more deadly! Why not be in the first hand category..:)

 

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