Everyone knows that smoking is incredibly bad for you but it’s also highly addictive and this means that one you start, it can be very difficult to stop. Millions of people around the world have switched to electronic cigarettes, such as those by Freshcig, as they have found them to be an alternative where they still get their nicotine hit. However, it is worth noting that they have not been endorsed as NRT (Nicotine Replacement Therapy) products and are set to be regulated as medical licensed products in the UK in 2016.
So, you know that smoking tobacco products is bad for your health but exactly how? Here is a look below at five of the reasons why you need to kick the smoking habit.
Your lungs take a lot of damage from smoking. Cigarettes contain up to 4,000 chemicals including formaldehyde and hydrogen cyanide, tar and produce Carbon Monoxide. The tar can block, damage or destroy Cilia (tiny hair-like follicles) which carry mucus from your lungs. This mucus traps dirt and particles which are inhaled each day by the body and if you smoke then this is not removed as efficiently. This is why many smokers develop a ‘smoker’s cough’ as their body is trying to remove and displace what which naturally occur.
When tobacco smoke enters the lungs, it is filtered by them and contaminants including Carbon Monoxide enter the blood stream. This means that the heart can be affected due to a reduction in Oxygen and means that the organ has to work harder to pump the blood round your body; as a result it can cause heart disease. A chemical called Acrolein enters your blood when you smoke which can develop fatty deposits which causes high blood pressure and can result in a heart attack or stroke.
Your skin is the largest organ and also doesn’t fare well from smoking either. The blood carries nutrients, vitamins and Oxygen to it which allows it to keep its elasticity and healthy glow. When you have a tobacco cigarette it limits the amount of nutrients which can reach it and it is affected by Carbon Monoxide. All of these are the internal affects on your skin but the smoke emitted from the end of the cigarette also affects it.
A study found that just one cigarette reduces vitamin D absorption and vitamin C levels fall by around 25mg, this is the equivalent of a tangerine.
Muscle development can also be lowered due to a reduction in Testosterone levels which means that your overall strength won’t be at its full potential – something that will be noticeable if you go to the gym or train regularly.
And if all of the health implications don’t concern you then you should also consider that you could save over £2000 a year, as a 20 a day smoker, if you stop smoking tobacco cigarettes.