SMOKING: AN ABDUCTED SOCIAL HABIT
Smoking is a suicidal plea, you should not kill yourself by yourself, so you must quit it now, because it deliberately harms almost every part of your body. It’s an adopted social habit as nobody was born a smoker. Even the offspring of a smoker can be neutral smoker. Sometimes our social environment contributes to reason, why an individual may convert to an acute chain smoker. Peer pressure at adolescent age can drive an innocent child into several negative social habits you can’t imagine, so keep a watch on the young ones.
Some people who lives in the cold region, would say they smoke to increase the temperature of their body, but a cup of tea will serve same purpose better. In reality, what mostly introduce people to smoking is peer pressure, they just want to feel among. Curiosity kills the cat – someone just want to know what it’s like to smoke. Many people who fag or dope for the first time, have one or two friends who hit the death stick.
Smoking is an addictive habit, that once you go black, you can never go back. It will require a high level of discipline, and detachment to be able to quit from it consciously once you are in.
If you ain’t smoking already, before you make up your mind, to approve this irreversible black act in your life, it’s proper to ask yourself, what is the health benefits of the indulgence. It’s quite easy to start smoking, but it’s damn difficult to quit: be it cigarette, cigar, cannabis, hookah, etc.
HEALTH DAMAGES CAUSED BY SMOKING
There is no safe way to smoke, be it cigarette, cigar, marijuana, shisha, pipe etc. The health effects of smoking, can be immediately or later, but it’s surely detrimental. The good news is that if you can quit, most of the effect will smolder down gradually.
The federal ministry of health warns that smokers are liable to die young. Be Aware.
1.) Effects Of Smoking On The Respiratory System:
During the process of blazing the death stick, the individual inhales smoke, which contains several harmful substances such as tar, nicotine, carbon dioxide, delta -9- tetrahydrocannabinol, etc, which is capable of damaging your lungs slowly. With time, this gradual damage leads to a variety of respiratory health complications. From recent medical research, people who smoke are at increased risk of acquiring respiratory infections.
Smokers are at higher risk of permanent damage to the air sacs of the lungs, and vulnerable to lung diseases such as:
emphysema, (the destruction of the air sacs in your lungs), chronic bronchitis, (permanent inflammation that affects the lining of the breathing tubes of the lungs),
chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), lung cancer,
irritation of the trachea (windpipe) and larynx (voice box)
Other effect of smoking include, reduced lung function and breathlessness due to swelling and narrowing of the lung airways. It increases risk of lung infection, accompanied by symptoms such as coughing and wheezing.
2.) Effect Of Smoking On Secondhand Smokers:
A passive smoker is inhaling a secondhand smoke, which diffuses from the immediate environment; passive smoking is done unintentionally.
Exposure to secondhand smoke carries the same risk to a nonsmoker as does the actual smoker. A passive smoker is also at the risk of the dangerous effect of smoking such as stroke, heart attack, and other heart disease.
The evidence is clear that second-hand smoke can cause lung cancer and other health problems like heart disease. A friend of mine, let’s call him Sani, Sani was about to attend a medical review: a night to the test, he attended a burial party where some people smoked cannabis, he was a victim, a secondhand smoker. To cut the long story short, he went for the medical review, and was tested positive of smoking weed. He explained to the doctor and few days later, another test was conducted on him again, before he tested negative.
So remember, if you are there with the smoker while he’s smoking, you’re a smoker too.
3.) Effect Of Smoking On Babies:
The smokers’ children are more prone to asthmatic attack, coughing, wheezing, pneumonia and bronchitis than the offspring of a non smoker.
Children exposed to passive smoke are at higher risk of respiratory infections, asthma, bacterial meningitis and cot death. Most exposure to second-hand smoke happens unintentionally. So it’s healthy to keep the kids clear off the direction of diffusing smokes, as the smoker hits the death stick.
4.) Effects of Smoking On The Circulatory system:
Smoking causes a lot of damages to the entire circulatory system. Nicotine causes constrictions on the blood vessels. Over time, the narrowing of the blood vessels, can cause peripheral artery diseases.
Damages caused to the lining of the arteries, is capable of building-up of fatty deposits on the artery walls. Due to the blockages of blood supply, smokers are at increase risk of stroke and heart attack at old age.
5.) Effect of Smoking On The Skin, Hair, and Nails:
One of the visible evidence of smoking in a person is the sudden change in the skin. Substances in tobacco, cannabis, flavors mixed in the hookah, changes the structure of the skin. Constrictions, of the blood vessels in the skin, restricts blood flow resulting in abnormal change to the temperature of the skin.
A recent study has shown that smoking increases the risk of squamous cell carcinoma (skin cancer).
Because of restricted blood flow to extremities like the toes and fingers, the fingers and toes of most smokers darkens. Smoking increases the likelihood of fungal nail infections.
The hair is also affected by nicotine and other substances inhaled during smoking. An older study reviewed that it increases hair loss, balding, and graying.
6.) Effects Of Smoking On The Reproductive System:
Smoking has an adverse effect on the reproductive system in both men/women. The substances induced in the process of smoking, affects blood flow to the genital areas of both men and women. For men, this can decrease sexual performance. For women, this can result in sexual dissatisfaction by decreasing lubrication and the inability to reach orgasm. Smoking may also lower sex hormone levels in both men and women. This can possibly lead to decreased sexual desire.
From studies, some of the negative influence of picking the death stick as regard to sexuality in men is as follows:
Smoking can cause infertility in men, as it results to low sperm count, higher percentage of deformed sperm , genetic damage to sperm cells, impotence which may be due to reduced blood flow or damage to the blood vessels of the penis and miscarriage to partners due to zygote deformation.
The side effects of smoking on the female body is as follows:
reduced fertility, menstrual cycle irregularities, or absence of menstruation, menopause reached one or two years earlier, miscarriage and increased risk of cervix cancer.
7.) Digestive system:
Smoking increases the risk of mouth, throat, larynx, and esophagus cancer. Smokers also have higher rates of pancreatic cancer.
Smoking also has an effect on insulin, making it more likely that you’ll develop insulin resistance. That puts you at increased risk of type 2 diabetes and its complications, which tend to develop at a faster rate than in people who don’t smoke.
Once you start smoking, it’s difficult to quit – so if you don’t smoke, it’s cool not to start. If you are already in, draw a withdrawal plan combined with self determination.
The Federal Ministry of Health warns that smokers are liable to die young.