Smoking is an addiction which in no way is good to any well being. Smoking only leads to damage and to self and also affects others. Almost all the smokers are educated and aware of the health hazards caused due to smoking and still the addiction is so strong that the ratio of quitters is very less. Efforts are taken with various anti-smoking campaigns to help the smokers quit smoking, but the results are minimal. Below is the list of ten health hazards caused by smoking:
10. Fertility problems:
Infertility is the common problems in couples due to the smoking. Couples who indulge in smoking find it difficult to conceive. Male smokers get the high tendency of erectile dysfunction because of smoking in the early age and mid age. The ratio of infertility is more in smokers than the non smokers.
9. Macular degeneration:
Smokers are in the double risk of getting eyesight problems and other eye related serious illness. Smoking results into macular degeneration and thus there are changes to lose their eyesight as well. The toxic effects, that smoking does on retina causes all these problems.
8. Gastrointestinal disease:
Smoking is one of the prime causes for gastrointestinal diseases. Smoking increases the acid amount in one’s stomach leading to severe acidity and peptic ulcers. Such ulcer sores in the stomach and intestines leading to side effects like bloating, gastric perforation, nausea etc. and are extremely painful.
7. Bone disease:
The bones of the body and specially the lungs are damaged badly due to the smoking and it also keeps new bone from forming. Thus smoking can result into occurrence of bone fractures and weakens the bones. It can also cause osteoporosis in women who smoke.
Type 2 diabetes which is non-insulin dependent occurs more often three times in smokers than the other individuals who don’t smoke. If not managed properly this type 2 diabetes can damage health more with renal failure, coronary heart disease and blindness. When a person is diagnosed with diabetes it stays with the person until the last breathe.
Hypertension and high blood pressure is one of the risky side effects of smoking. Smoking can cause high blood pressure which leads to hypertension and that further can lead to stroke, heart attack, renal failure or paralysis attack. Hypertension also destroys the family peace and harmony.
4. Other types of cancer:
Smokers have a high risk of getting different types of cancer than that of non smokers. After lung cancer other cancers like mouth, throat, esophagus, etc. are also at the high risk due to smoking. Other cancers like stomach cancer, kidney cancer, pancreas cancer, cervix cancer, skin cancer etc. are the other types at lower risk due to smoking.
COPD is known as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease which is the most common in smokers than any other disease. COPD is also known as blanket term of chronic bronchitis and even for emphysema. Both the conditions are grows rapidly and has inevitable ending of relying on other outside sources for oxygen and thus later causes death. The other damages are also irreversible. COPD has 95% chances of occurring only due to smoking. Thus smoking is the main cause of COPD among people. COPD mostly occurs in the age of thirties to forties and the life of such smokers with COPD is not easier.
2. Cardiovascular disease:
Smoking is the main cause of death in people suffering with cardiovascular diseases. Smoking affects the arteries as it makes them narrower and stiff. Such situation can cause further complications like cerebral thrombosis or you can say coronary thrombosis which leads to main problems like heart attack, paralysis or stroke.
1. Lung cancer:
Lung cancer is the most common danger caused due to smoking. Almost everyone in the world knows about the connection of lung cancer and smoking. The risk of lung cancer is much higher in smokers than the non smokers. Tar is the main content in cigarettes which is also known as carcinogen which has proved in causing lung cancer and other types of cancer. It is also said that if smoking never existed in the world than lung cancer might be one of the rarest disease. Smoking is the main cause of death in 95% cases of lung cancer. Lung cancer suffocates the person day by day and thus life is much more difficult to live and it also affects the life of family and friends. Lung cancer is one of the worst and slow deaths any smoker can get.
This are the most common health dangers caused due to smoking. Even after reading all the hazards on the packet of cigaret people still continue with this bad habit. Though after reading all the health hazards people who smoke should take it a call and quit smoking, but even after knowing all the hazards people don’t show the concern to quit smoking. It’s a high time for people who smoke and thus should think of their family, friends and loved ones and also for their well being and thus should consider in quitting smoking. There are various associations and camps and NGO’s who help smokers to quit smoking and leave the addiction of smoking.