Effects of Smoking

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Effects of Smoking
Immediate Effects of Smoking include:
One cigarette immediately raises a person's blood pressure and heart rate and decreases the blood flow to body extremities
Brain activity and the nervous system are stimulated for a short while and then reduced
A smoker may experience dizziness, nausea, watery eyes and acid in the stomach while or after smoking
Appetite, and senses such as taste and smell are distorted
Smoking increases the risks for:
Respiratory infections such as Pneumonia and chronic Bronchitis
Heart attacks and coronary disease
Cancers such as lung, throat, mouth, cervix
Stomach ulcers
Peripheral vascular diseases
Other Dangerous Facts of Smoking:
Smoking during pregnancy can affect the unborn child
Second-hand smoking is as dangerous, if not more dangerous, than first-hand smoking
Smoking in a room separate from children or others does not necessarily avoid second-hand smoking, because carcinogens can seep into furniture and walls
Other Effects of Smoking include:
Shortness of breath
Persistent coughs
Yellow stains on fingers and teeth
Changes in appearance such as facial wrinkles and "rubber" like skin
Bad smelling breath, clothes, hair, home, car, etc...
Decreased sense of taste and smell
Weakened immune systems compared to nonsmokers
Possible impotence in men and women are less fertile than non-smokers
Three part image illustrates the affects of smoking on the epithelial cells of the bronchi. Image of left shows normal healthy cells in contract to the image on the right where the cells have become cancerous.
Normal Bronchial Epithelium
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