How Smoking Affects Your BodyThere's hardly a part of the human body that's not affected by the chemicals in the cigarettes you smoke. Let's take a tour of your body to look at how smoking affects it.
Starting at the Top
As a smoker, you're at risk for cancer of the mouth. Tobacco smoke can also cause gum disease, tooth decay and bad breath. The teeth become unsightly and yellow. Smokers may experience frequent headaches. And lack of oxygen and narrowed blood vessels to the brain can lead to strokes.
Lungs and Bronchi
Moving down to your chest, smoke passes through the bronchi, or breathing tubes. Hydrogen cyanide and other chemicals in the smoke attack the lining of the bronchi, inflaming them and causing that chronic smoker's cough. Because the bronchi are weakened, you're more likely to get bronchial infections. Mucus secretion in your lungs is impaired, also leading to chronic coughing. Smokers are 10 times as likely to get lung cancer and emphysema as nonsmokers.
Smoking and the Heart
The effects of smoking on your heart are devastating. Nicotine raises blood pressure and makes the blood clot more easily. Carbon monoxide robs the blood of oxygen and leads to the development of cholesterol deposits on the artery walls. All of these effects add up to an increased risk of heart attack. In addition, the poor circulation resulting from cholesterol deposits can cause strokes, loss of circulation in fingers and toes and impotence.
Smoking and the Body's Organs
The digestive system is also affected. The tars in smoke can trigger cancer of the esophagus and throat. Smoking causes increased stomach acid secretion, leading to heartburn and ulcers. Smokers have higher rates of deadly pancreatic cancer. Many of the carcinogens from cigarettes are excreted in the urine where their presence can cause bladder cancer, which is often fatal. High blood pressure from smoking can damage the kidneys.
STOP SMOKING TIPS
There are different ways, which enables a person to stop smoking as well as weight:
- Try to talk on subject other than smoking, enjoy yourself in others company.
- Take time to go out on long vacation to hill stations.
- Take drive to peaceful places like meadow, beach, and forests.
- Be optimist and try to escape aggression. Go for courses like sailing, painting, and yoga.
- Your energy is precious so do not waste it on less important task.
- Appreciate your subordinates and take pleasure in getting compliments.
- Adopt ‘never to say die’ attitude.
- Nurture hopes and goals within your self.
- Get involve in things, which give you feeling of relaxation and happiness. Let your inner self not to get heavy on you.
- Make new friends and be thankful to your blessings.
- Have a warm bath with good bath oils like lavender.
- Fancy yourself at an acquainted peaceful place and then try to relax your body parts one by one. The art is known as self-hypnosis.
- Tickle yourself with a comedy recording or a comedy video.
- Do not fix to daily routine and same dress. Change it time to time.
- Listen to cassettes regarding fatigue control.
- Try to tighten all body parts and then relax.
- Enroll yourself in gym.
- Lend hand to needy person and involve with new activities whether social or cultural.
- List your work according to priorities and tackle them with care giving top priority to your personal life and family.
- If a task is bothering you, divide it into mall tasks.
- Take a balanced diet consist of salad, green leafy vegetables and pulses.
- Less salt, sugar, fat containing diet and visit dietician time to time.
- Enjoy yourself with classical music and nature sound recordings.
- Close your eyes and slowly focus your mind on one word, which makes you stress free.
- Some hospitals conduct stress reduction classes. Call to get timings about next sessions.
- Everyone cannot be right at every time so do not bother yourself over one subject. Choice is always available to everyone.
- Set your exercise and relaxation schedule. Overdrinking of coffee can be dangerous.
- Be thankful to all your comforts, friends, family and above all your work.