The Negative Effects From Smoking Cigarettes

By Toby Tunwase

The negative effects of smoking cigarettes on the body are countless. Worse still, it can cause complications that may lead to the smoker’s early demise.

According to research carried out by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) – it showed that smoking cigarettes increases the risk of dying from all causes. Smoking adversely affects the circulatory system, respiratory system, skin, reproductive system, and the eyes. In fact, smokers are liable to have different types of cancer.

Here are some of the negative effects of smoking cigarettes.

Lung Damage

The lungs are one of the first organs affected by smoking cigarettes. Not only does the person breathe in nicotine, but they also breathe in several harmful chemicals.

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Smokers are likely to develop lung cancer because of their incessant smoking. Men are 25 times likely to develop this disease when compared to women whose odds stand at 25.7.

According to the CDC report, 9 out of 10 deaths caused by lung cancer can be linked to smoking cigarettes.

Heart Disease

Smoking cigarettes can significantly damage the blood cells, blood vessels, and the heart.

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The tar and chemicals in cigarettes increase the risk of atherosclerosis. This is when plaque builds up in the blood vessels. When this happens, blood flow is limited and it could lead to hazardous blockages.

Also, smoking increases the risk of peripheral artery disease (PAD). This is when the arteries connected to your legs and arms begin to narrow, and it causes restrictions in blood flow.

Fertility Problems

Female smokers may suffer from a damaged reproductive systems and may find it hard to conceive. This is sometimes caused by the effects of tobacco on the hormone levels.

On the other hand, male smokers are likely to suffer from erectile dysfunction and low sperm quality.