What smoking does to the lungs is very harmful. For first time smokers out there, do not take up this habit, as it is highly addicting and deadly.
What is it?
Smoking is the act of inhaling and exhaling, or blow out, the smoke of burning tobacco or other plants. The most common products smoked worldwide are tobacco products in the form of cigarettes, which are built from thin pieces of paper, dried leaves of the tobacco plant, and other toxic components such as toluene, arsenic, and ammonia. Other commonly smoked tobacco products are cigars and pipe tobacco.
Where is it located?
Smoking didn’t gain worldwide recognition until the late 19th century, when cigarette-making machines were churning out about 200 cigarettes per minute. But smoking dates back to the ancient civilizations, where they were used for rituals and religious purposes. They were also widely used during the World Wars, where they were given to soldiers for free as a morale booster. These days, smoking is prevalent all throughout the world. Although some countries have ran heavy campaigns against this practice, consumption is still high. America and many European countries have experienced a slight decrease in smokers thanks to these campaigns while new anti-smoking experiments have started appearing in Latin American, African, and Asian countries as well targeting kids and adults of all ages.
How it will kill you?
Smoking can cause severe physiological damage to your body. When you smoke, the toxic components of tobacco products are burned and enter your body through your lungs, which then make its way throughout the rest of your body via the bloodstream. Common side effects include gum infection, pneumonia, asthma, and aging while some of the more severe and lasting effects include heart attack, chronic kidney disease, lung cancer, and leukemia. The average smoker tends to live 14 years shorter of a life than a non-smoker.
How to survive?
The best way for smokers to live a healthier life is to stop smoking. This can be done through the use of nicotine gum or patches such as Nicorette, programs to help you quit, or just going cold turkey. Those who decide to quit will start seeing positive results after just a month. After a year, they’ll have reduced their health risks by up to 50%. A study from the American Cancer Society shows that people who quit smoking before the age of 35 are less likely to experience 90% of the negative effects associated with it. Commitment and consistency are necessary for those who wanna quit, and there are centers worldwide than can help you.