Smoking A Lot Of Cigarettes Lately
The most addicting drug known to mankind, arguably, is nicotine which is found in cigarettes. Cigarette smoking is the leading preventable cause of death in the United States. More than 400,000 deaths each year in the United States are attributable to smoking cigarettes.
90% of all lung cancer deaths are due to smoking. More women die from lung cancer than breast cancer. Smoking damages the small airways and alveoli in your lungs, which are responsible for exchanging carbon dioxide and oxygen. Oxygen is breathed in while CO2 is breathed out.
Some lung diseases caused by smoking include lung cancer, chronic bronchitis and emphysema. Chronic bronchitis is caused by the bronchial tubes becoming narrowed, inflamed and secreting a lot of mucus, leading to chronic coughing and difficulty breathing.
Emphysema is caused by the air sacs in the lungs (alveoli) thinning and rupturing, resulting in larger air spaces instead of many small ones. Paradoxically, this makes it more difficult to breath due to less surface area available for gas exchange at the alveoli, resulting in shortness of breath.
Smoking can also damage your heart and brain. Your blood vessels become thicker and narrower, promoting several physiological changes: an increase in blood pressure, an increase in heart rate and clot formation. Clots can form in the blood vessels supplying your heart, restricting blood flow and resulting in coronary heart disease. Small pieces of clots can also break off and travel to the brain and cause a blockage, resulting in a stroke.
Smoking causes many different types of cancer:
- Oropharyngeal cancer
- Lung cancer
- Pancreatic cancer
- Bladder cancer
- Stomach cancer
- Colorectal cancer
- Esophageal cancer
- Cervical cancer
- Renal cancer
Smoking during pregnancy not only affects the mother but also the baby:
- Can cause an ectopic pregnancy
- Can cause a preterm delivery
- Can cause stillbirth
- Can cause low birth weight
- Can cause sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS)
Smoking also causes:
- Damage to your teeth and gums
- Weaker bones (especially in women past childbearing age)
- Reduced fertility in men by damaging sperm
- An increased risk for developing eye damage (cataracts and age-related macular degeneration)
- Diabetes mellitus type II
- Rheumatoid arthritis
- A decreased immune function, increasing your vulnerability to bacterial and viral infections
And lastly, smoking is very psychologically addicting. So why consume this legal substance that kills your body and imprisons your mind? It is not even worth it to try it once. You have no idea how your mind will react to it; you may never try it again or find yourself in a deadly, passionate love affair!
Are you Ready? (This is Defeating Stigma Mindfully)