We’re all aware of the fact that smoking damages health. However, people don’t seem to mind its deadly effect on health. Statistics shows that over 38 million Americans smoke. The information was also confirmed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Smoking has a destructive effect on your lungs.
This is just a tiny bit of the complications that may develop as a result of smoking. If you’re a smoker or know someone who smokes cigarettes, keep reading this article to get more informed on its deadly impact.
The dangers of smoking a cigarette every day
The National Health Service explains that cigarettes increase the risk of developing issues of the respiratory tract.
- Smoking destroys immunity, making you prone to coughs and colds. It causes severe diseases such as emphysema, pneumonia and lung cancer. Smoking is the lead cause of 84% of all deaths caused by lung cancer and 83% of all death cases caused by chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)
- Smoking narrows airways and damages lung tissue, making it hard for you to breathe. People diagnosed with COPD can’t catch a breath when doing activities, and always deal with a persistent cough accompanied by phlegm and recurrent chest infections
- Cigarettes give you throat and mouth cancer. Smoking is responsible for over 93% of all oropharyngeal cancer cases
Smoking causes inflammation in your lungs, making it hard for you to catch a breath. It restricts air passages. The alveoli or the tiny air sacks in your lungs take part in the oxygen exchange. Cigarette smoke destroys the sacks, and they can’t grow back. Yes, this is a permanent damage.
Smokers catch a cold more often than non-smokers. It’s because cigarettes paralyze and kill cilia or the tiny hairs in the airways. These are responsible for the elimination of mucus and dirt, while keeping your lungs healthy and debris-free. Without the help of these, you run at a higher risk of getting an infection. You’re literally left without your filters.
You may not develop lung cancer or any other lung issue, but you still have a higher risk of death. A study released in the BMJ Journals says that women and men in Norway who had 1-4 cigarettes every day have a higher risk of death caused by ischaemic heart disease and other causes. Women have higher risk of death caused by lung cancer.
Now that you know everything about the risks, let’s go through the consequences of smoking. Yes, you get the chance to see what will your lungs look like after smoking cigarettes for 20 years.
Amanda Eller, a nurse from North Carolina, uploaded videos to Facebook, showing us what smokers’ lungs look like after 20 years of smoking. You will also get the chance to see what non-smokers’ lungs look like.
The nurse blows air into smokers’ lungs to illustrate the process and the damage from smoking. In the second video, the nurse blows air into the healthy lungs. You don’t need a help to guess the smokers’ lungs. Their color says it all. When healthy, your lungs are pink.
Unlike non-smokers’ lungs, smokers’ lungs barely expand after the nurse pumps air into them.
Don’t look for excuses and stop smoking. It’s bad for your health, and definitely not helpful with all that stress. You inhale cigarette smoke and 5,000 other chemicals such as tar and nicotine.
If your days are filled with stress, try meditation, yoga or exercise. these will help you relax and boost your overall health. Your health is important, so try not do destroy it. We really hope that these videos will help you act more reasonably in life. Your health matters!
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Source: Power Of Positivity