Tobacco is harmful to your health no matter how you smoke it. No tobacco product contains any safe ingredients, including nicotine, carbon monoxide, and compounds like acetone and tar. Not just your lungs are affected by the chemicals you breathe in. They have an impact on the whole body.
Smoking can have a number of long-term health issues and long-term affects on your body’s systems. While smoking can increase your risk of a number of issues over many years, certain physical impacts can be seen right away. Find out more below about the signs of smoking’s impact on the body as a whole.
- Losing vision
Smoking has no positive effects on your eyes. Age-related macular degeneration, the primary cause of blindness in persons over 65, is made more likely by smoking.
- Diabetes Type 2
Smoking raises the risk of complications from type 2 diabetes, including decreased blood flow to the legs and feet. This may result in infection and necessitate amputation of a limb. Yes, it is possible to lose a foot or a leg.
- Impaired erection
Smoking has an impact on a man’s ability to reproduce. Blood arteries all over your body, including those that carry blood to the penis, become narrowed as a result of smoking. The good news is that giving up will have a significant impact.
- Ectopic Pregnancy
Women who smoke are more prone to experience the potentially fatal reproductive issue known as ectopic pregnancy. When a fertilized egg implants outside of the uterus, it happens. The egg can’t live, and it poses a major threat to mom’s life.
- Broken hips
Smokers experience a greater rate of bone resorption than non-smokers, which increases your chance of fracturing bones in vulnerable places like your hip. By quitting smoking, you can slow down this process and continue to move your muscles on the dance floor rather than your bones.
- Colon and Rectal Cancer
The second most common cancer in the United States is colorectal cancer, which develops in your intestines (colon or rectum). Among the causes? Yes, smoking cigarettes. This type of cancer is associated with a higher chance of both developing it and dying from it.
- Lip and palate deformities
Orofacial clefts are birth abnormalities that happen when a baby’s lips or mouth don’t develop normally during pregnancy. Babies born to pregnant smokers are more likely to have orofacial clefts.