Smoking – A slow and dangerous addiction
People tend to argue whether cigarettes cause addiction or not. The truth is that it does cause addiction, one that is hard to get rid of. Governments don’t consider tobacco as a problem because it doesn’t create short-term issues like drugs and other substances do. But, any substance or a product that forces an individual to use them is addictive.
People who smoke cigarettes don’t want to stop smoking because they can’t do that due to side-effects of the withdrawal process. What they don’t realize is just how dangerous their addiction is and what they do to their bodies by inhaling tobacco smoke.
How tobacco destroys your body
Tobacco contains over 140 components out of which the majority is poisonous. Some have direct effects on the body while others do it indirectly. Reducing smoking and addiction rates is important as it reduces the number of people who have to suffer due to this bad habit. Now, let’s see how tobacco components affect different systems within a human body.
Poisons from the tar find the way into the bloodstream where they cause havoc. They tend to thicken the blood which can lead to the formation of clots. They also increase the pressure of the blood as well as the heart rate which puts a lot of strain on the heart as it struggles to work as it should. The final blood-related problem that cigarettes cause is the narrowing of the arteries which reduces the amount of oxygen that reaches the organs in a given amount of time. The combination of these three things increases the chance of the heart attack as the clots get stuck in narrowed arteries.
Skin requires oxygen from the blood to maintain all of its functions. Smoking reduces the amount of oxygen it receives. This turns the skin into grey and dull color which is a sign of early aging. Another effect on the surface, that smoking causes is the cellulite. You can look between ten and twenty years older if you smoke as the smoke ruins the skin. You can’t reverse this (without plastic surgery), but you can stop the process if you throw away smoking.
Other adverse effects smoking causes
Smoking increases the chance that you will get the condition called osteoporosis. This condition makes bones brittle and weak. All of this leads to constant fractures which makes life difficult.
Smoking increases the risk of getting cancer. This isn’t limited to lung cancer. If you smoke for a long time then the chance of getting stomach, throat, kidney (among others) cancer increases up to fifty percent. All of this means that you are continually harming your body if you smoke. Stopping it as soon as you can is the best way to try and prevent further complications.
If you struggle with drug or alcohol addiction, you should seek treatment from a drug rehabilitation facility like The Recovery Village.