Monday, 4 June 2018

Danger! Effect of smoking on human health will shock you

Smoking damages organs throughout the human body, not just in the lungs, because related diseases such as emphysema and lung cancer are among the leading causes of death among smokers, said medical expert Maria Ocampo.

The coordinator of the Clinic against tobacco and other addictive substances at the General Hospital of Mexico said this in an interview with Xinhua.

"There is not a single organ or body system that is not affected by smoking because it has to do with oxygen, and we can do anything but stop breathing," Ocampo said.

When you smoke, "your red blood cells stop carrying oxygen because they transport carbon monoxide (CO), which adheres more easily to red blood cells, and you start to have poor blood circulation to the whole body, brain, arms and legs" , explained Ocampo.

"That's why we see smokers with purple lips and very red hands, it's a lack of oxygen," he said.

In addition, the carbon monoxide in cigarettes has between 4,000 and 7,000 chemical compounds, of which more than 60 are carcinogenic.

Regarding the theme of this year's Tobacco Breaks Hearts World Day to increase public awareness of the impact of tobacco addiction on cardiovascular health, Ocampo said: "Heart diseases are the diseases that predominate among smokers" .

According to her, the body of a smoker tends to compensate for the lack of oxygen by producing too many red blood cells, which makes the blood thicker, while the nicotine in cigarettes hardens the arteries.

The combination of the two, together with the higher cholesterol level of a smoker, leads to cardiovascular diseases.

Women smokers are also more likely to get cancers of the cervix and breast, and "their skin ages faster", while among male smokers, "there is a greater predisposition for prostate and bladder cancers," he said. .

She said the good news is that from the moment a smoker stops smoking, their body begins to feel the benefits.

"The first thing that happens is that there is more oxygen (and) detoxification begins."

The expert noted that for smokers who try to quit tobacco addiction, it is also important to have a healthier lifestyle, which includes "drink more water, sleep better, exercise and seek recreational activities that are not related to smoking" .

She added that quitting smoking aids like the e-cigarette or the vaporizer also contain harmful chemicals or directly damage the lungs.

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