Effects of Smoking

Before discussing over the effects of smoking we categorize them into two groups, short term effects of smoking and long term effects of smoking. Both short and long term effects are quite different. The smoking effects should not be overlooked as they are detrimental to your health. Let us have a look into short and long term effects of smoking one by one:

Short Term Effects of Smoking:

The short changes that occur due to smoking can be monitored as the increase in the blood pressure and the heart beat rates, which normally the person has. You may also observe the reduction in the blood flow to the hands and feet and there will be short term stimulation to the brain and nervous system.

Some people think that smoking is one of the ways to lose their body weight by reducing appetite, but in reality smoking is not the correct way for weight loss. It has been noticed that after quitting smoking the smokers put on weight, this is because quitting smoking helps in getting back their appetite in normal status. In such case body weight should be maintained and controlled by a healthy diet and not by smoking.

Though there is a never ending list of short term smoking effects those may not show any serious effects. They include:

  • Awful breath
  • Yellowish shade on teeth and fingers
  • Continuous cough
  • Reduction in taste and smell
  • Weaker immune system
  • High chances of getting regular colds and flu
  • Reduced potency in men
  • Reduced fertility in women
  • Negative effects on pregnant women and their baby
  • Smoking also affects skin to look older

The overall conclusion is that there are no positive effects of smoking.

Long Term Effects of Smoking

You may be interested in knowing long term effects of smoking, if you are not convinced with the short term effects to quit smoking.

Following is the list of long term effects of smoking that smoker can have throughout one's life:

  • Cancers (Smoking related cancers are: lung, mouth, throat, stomach, bladder, cervix and more)
  • Lung diseases
  • Heart disease
  • Cardiovascular diseases
  • Heart stroke
  • Circulatory problems
  • Ulcers
  • Premature aging
  • Damage to the fetus
  • Causing low sperm count and impotence
  • Spontaneous abortion (miscarriage)
  • Decreased lung function
  • Infections
  • Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease

Note: Individual effects may differ depending upon the following factors:

  • For how long the person has been smoking
  • The quantity of cigarette smoking daily
  • The age of smoker
  • Immune system of a smoker

Needless to say that long term effects of smoking are disastrous. According to the studies, non-smokers live on an average about 14-15 years longer than smokers. Here we advise all the smokers who wants to live longer and health life; that you should start quitting as soon as possible.

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