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Smoking – What It Does To Your Body

Smoking = sagging skin, premature wrinkles, yellow teeth and bad breath.

Smoking Makes You Look and Feel Years Older

This interactive link show exactly how smoking affects and changes the body. Worth sending to anyone you know that smokes!  Some highlights of how smoke affects your body…thinning hair, wrinkles, weight gain, acne, lung cancer and heart disease. It can harm your body in irreversible ways. Expect to age a minimum 10 years than if you were a non-smoker.

Stop Before You Are 40 Years Old

Fortunately if you stop the habit before the age of 40 years old, you reduce your risk of early death by 90% and can live a long and healthy life.

According to BCRPA certified elite personal trainer Cathie Glennon, “Smoking increases your heart rate for a given level of exercise. It causes an immediate effect on respiration, increasing the airways resistance and reducing the amount of oxygen absorbed into the blood. It causes chronic swelling of the mucous membranes, which also leads to increased airway resistance.”

World’s Greatest Preventable Cause of Death

Smoking is the leading cause of death and the world’s greatest preventable cause of death. It causes various cancers, stroke, heart problems, and lung diseases. All of which may lead to death. Around the globe, more than 5 million people die of tobacco-related diseases each year.

Sagging Skin, Premature Wrinkles, Yellow Teeth, Bad Breath, and more…

Cigarette smoking leads to sagging skin, premature wrinkles, yellow teeth, bad breath, and stained fingers.  It hurts your heart and quadruples your risk of coronary heart disease and stroke. Arteries become weak and inflamed. The drugs and chemicals in cigarettes narrow blood vessels so the heart and arteries must work overtime to pump blood.

It damages your respiratory system. It increases a male’s risk of lung cancer by 23 times and female’s by 13.  Because of the damage caused through the airways and air sacs of the lungs, smoking increases your risk of death by 13 times from (emphysema, chronic bronchitis, or chronic airway obstruction).

It causes various cancers including mouth, throat, esophagus, stomach, cervix, kidney, pancreas, bladder, leukemia, larynx, and lung.

Smoking is extremely harmful to unborn babies and wreaks havoc your reproductive system and increases your risk of infertility, premature babies, stillbirth, and sudden infant death syndrome.

smokingThere are over 600 ingredients in a cigarette and when burned, produce more than 4,000 chemicals, many of which are cancer-causing and poisonous. Familiar chemicals include acetone (nail polish remover), ammonia (cleaning agent), arsenic (rat poison), carbon monoxide (car exhaust fumes), methanol (rocket fuel), and tar (road pavement).

Smoking Cessation

While many people find it difficult to quit smoking, there are ways to lessen withdrawal symptoms. Determination and commitment is required to successfully stop smoking. Smoking cessation is one of the best things you can do for your health and the health of the people around you.