Most people today can easily accept that smoking is bad but some may be a bit less sure about why it is bad. The connection between smoking and cancer gets a lot of attention but there are also lots of other ways that this habit is harmful. Recognition of the dangers of smoking has meant that there are fewer people indulging in this activity in most countries of the world. There is no doubt that millions of people have died as a result of smoking but hopefully as more people understand the dangers of this habit even fewer people will take it up.
So Why is Smoking Bad?
Smoking tobacco can cause damage to every system in the body. This is understandable when we consider what is inside a cigarette; about 4,000 different chemicals and some of these are considered poisonous. The most talked about drug in a cigarette is nicotine because it is this that people become addicted to. In a cigarette there are also chemicals such as butane, acetone, and formaldehyde. It is not surprising that these toxins harm the body; what is more surprising is how humans can manage to tolerate them at all.
The link between smoking and cancer is well known. It is most linked with lung cancer but it can also lead to a number of other cancers in different parts of the body including; the throat, kidney, pancreas, esophagus, and bladder. Smoking is also viewed as increasing the risk of getting many other forms of cancers.
Smoking leads to all sorts of respiratory problems; chronic conditions that make life extremely difficult. A lot of smokers die gasping from breath because they have developed such smoking related problems as emphysema, chronic bronchitis, or chronic obstructive airways disease.
Smoking is very bad for the heart and blood circulation around the body. It increases the risk of stroke and cardiac problems. It directly causes coronary artery disease which narrows the blood vessels in the body and so makes it a lot harder for oxygen to get to the heart. Smoking can also interfere with blood clotting thus increasing the risk of stroke and other problems.
In recent years most societies around the world have become far less tolerant of smoking. This is because it is now well known that the smoker is not only endangering their own life but also the life of anyone around them – passive smoking can also cause health problems and lead to an early death.
The Last Word on Smoking
There are many reasons why smoking is so bad. The really surprising thing is that so many people continue to do it. The good news is that more and more people are quitting and those who do will be able to undo a lot of the damage that has been done to their body. There are few excuses that really justify smoking but there are plenty of good reasons to quit this habit. Tobacco not only will likely reduce our time on the planet but also make what little time we have less enjoyable.