You must have been continuously thinking of getting rid of the “killers in packs” from quite some time, but this idea have always remained an “idea” and have never really taken effect. Right from your parents, loved ones, colleagues and acquaintances, all have been pestering you to quit smoking, but to no avail.
Now, even the government has also realized the drastic effects of the use of tobacco and has issued the notification to use gory pictures in the tobacco packs from December 1. But, even if these scary pictures on the tobacco packs does not stop you from smoking, then you need to carefully read this article and understand the harmful effects of smoking that instead of enjoying the puffs, you are actually smoking your life away!
Impact on Oral Health
The most disastrous and serious risk associated with smoking is oral cancer. When you smoke, it can lead to staining of your teeth and can have detrimental effect on the bone supporting the teeth and the gums as well. The contents of the cigarette smoke reduce the supply of blood to the gums and this is the first signs of gum disease. When you smoke, plaque gets accumulated on your teeth which pave way towards tooth decay.
Smoking can have negative effect on your social status due to oral hygiene. Want to know how? The chemicals found in the cigarettes like tar and nicotine can stick to your gums, teeth and other parts of your mouth, thus inducing bad breathe. Bad breathe is a vital cause due to which you can suffer from low self esteem as people refuse from talking to you due to foul smell from your mouth.
Smoking is directly linked to 30 percent deaths due to heart diseases, and causes 25 percent of heart attacks every year in India. When you inhale tobacco, the smoke causes different immediate responses within the blood vessels and the heart. In a minute’s time, your heart rate starts rising, enhancing by as much as 30 percent during the first 10 minutes of smoking.
Various components of tobacco may lead to the narrowing of the blood vessels. This increases the chances of a blockage, which may lead to a stroke or heart attack.
Impotency and Infertility Issues
Earlier study has revealed that smoking has a harmful effect on the sperm quality in every sense, from longevity to motility.
Also, smoking may cause female infertility as it damages the ovaries and the degree of harm depends upon the time a woman smokes. Nicotine and other harmful chemicals present in the cigarette interfere with the ability of the body to create estrogen, a hormone that regulates ovulation and folliculogenesis.
Other than the above mentioned harmful effects, smoking can also cause skin damage, infections, stress and enhances the risks of kidney cancer.
Saying “NO” to smoking
In order to quit smoking, commitment and will power is a must. When you are trying to stop smoking, you may experience craving for tobacco and withdrawal symptoms like tiredness, irritability, decrease in appetite, weight gain, impatience, restlessness, inability to concentrate and so on.
But with the help of acupuncture, hypnosis, nicotine gums, chewing gums aromatherapy, and some other modes, you can move slowly but firmly towards quitting smoking for better.
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