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5 Harmful effects of smoking that you didn’t know about

You’ve fallen into the trap, become addicted to smoking during your teens.

Nowadays, you can’t live without taking a puff.

You suffer from headaches, feel irritable and nervous when you’re unable to light up.

And you’re helpless.

Do take a moment to read this post; this may completely change the way you think about smoking.

Who knows you may even desire to leave the habit?

So let’s dive in.

Dangerous effects of smoking

Do you know smoking causes 80,000 deaths in England alone? Imagine the scenario around the world. A mutation occurs for every 15 cigarettes you smoke. And this is how cancers start.

Smoking harms your lungs

Smoking severely affects your lungs. Because when you smoke, you not only inhale nicotine but a whole bunch of other harmful chemicals too. Coughing, wheezing, asthma, and colds are just the start.

Soon it may progress to cancer or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. A staggering 84% of deaths are due to lung cancer, while 83 percent of deaths are due to COPD.

Smoking harms your heart

Cigarettes can damage your heart, blood vessels, and cells. The tar and chemicals present in cigarettes increases the build-up of plaque in the blood vessels and increase the risk of atherosclerosis. This condition causes dangerous blockages and limits blood flow.

Likewise, it increases the risk of PAD( periphery arterial disease). In this case, the arteries to the hands and legs get narrower and restrict blood flow. Also, PAD increases the risk of stroke, chest pain, blood clots, and heart attack.

Smoking increases pregnancy complications

Not only does smoking affect fertility, but it also affects pregnancy and fetus. This dangerous habit reduces the baby’s birth weight, increases the risk of preterm delivery and ectopic pregnancy. Likewise, it increases the risk of sudden infant death syndrome, damages the fetus’s brain, lungs, and central nervous system and causes an increased risk of congenital abnormalities like cleft palate.

Smoking harms your brain

Smoking increases the risk of stroke by at least 50 percent. Stroke often leads to brain damage and death. There are high chances that you may develop brain aneurism- it’s a bulge in the brain blood vessel that may rupture any time. Brain aneurism may cause extensive brain damage and death.

After all, that scary stuff here’s a breather. If you stop smoking, the risk of a stroke gets reduced to half in two years. And after five years of quitting, your risk will be the same as that of a nonsmoker.

Smoking affects your skin and bones

This unhealthy habit reduces the amount of oxygen in your blood. As a result, your skin looks dull and ages more quickly. Skin tends to age some 10 to 20 years prematurely due to smoking. It becomes wrinkled and develops a yellow-gray complexion. Also, your bones become weak and brittle and significantly increases the chances of osteoporosis.

How to quit smoking

Imagine a life free of smoking. You’ll be hale and healthy, enjoying your life, and following your passion.

So decide to quit this bad habit.

When you have the urge to smoke, distract yourself by taking a shower or calling a friend. Likewise, when cravings hit pop, a mint, carrot or celery stick into your mouth. Keep your hands and mind busy by reading a book or squeezing a ball to get over the temptation.

Go for a walk, do some yoga stretches, or jog around your block. There are also therapies available for nicotine withdrawal. Also, try alternative therapies like acupuncture, hypnosis, behavioral treatments, and motivational therapies.

Reward yourself for even small victories. Nurture yourself, listen to live music, eat mindfully and eat varied and healthy meals, and drink lots of water.

Above all, love yourself and be kind to yourself. Surely you’ll get over this habit.

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