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Concern over Tobacco Smoking

06/15/2009 - Questions and Answers

Concern over Tobacco Smoking

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Is it harmful to smoke cigarettes if I only smoke a few a day?

 

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You firstly need to understand what happens in the body when smoking occurs. It is then your responsibility to decide whether it is harmful for you. However, starting with only a few daily can increase as smoking cigarettes and cigars is addictive. Not only may it be harmful to you, but can also harm other people. Even passive or second hand smokers ( people who do not smoke themselves, but must inhale the smoke from smokers) can develop cancer and passive smoking can also cause heart disease and exacerbate Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD.)
 

Tobacco smoke is the top carcinogen, causing about 30% of all cancer deaths in the U.S. Over 2,000 chemical poisons are generated by tobacco smoke. Nicotine and Carbon monoxide reduces oxygen to the brain, lungs and heart being a promoter to all types of cancer cells. As a result, tobacco smoke offers the perfect formula for initiating and promoting cancer: carcinogens, toxins, free radicals, antioxidant deficiencies, and immune suppression.
 

Nicotine is a poisonous substance in tobacco which the body becomes very dependent on. The nicotine enters the body through the lungs each time cigar or cigarette smoke is inhaled. The nicotine collects in the lungs and can cause troublesome breathing problems called Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease. Nicotine is a vasoconstrictor which means it narrows the blood vessels and decreases blood flow which can cause high blood pressure and cardio vascular disease (CVD). It can also cause Cancer of the mouth, throat, larynx, esophageus & lung, as all these parts of the body are effected by the cigar/ cigarette smoke.
 

With cardio vascular disease cigarette smoking is a big risk factor, but there are other risk factors which can cause Heart Disease. i.e. obesity or being over weight through lack of exercise and bad diet with high fat and high cholesterol intake, high blood pressure or high cholesterol levels, or the genetic factor (how many people in the family who have or have died with heart disease) and the genetic factor also applies to cancer and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.
 

Knowing what you now know, you would be very wise to stop your smoking "a few a day" before the smoking increases and becomes addictive, controls you and causes harm to yourself and perhaps others.
 

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Created on: 05/17/2006
Reviewed on: 06/15/2009

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