The effects of smoking on human health are serious and in many cases, deadly. There are approximately 4000 chemicals in cigarettes,hundreds of which are toxic. The ingredients in cigarettes affect everything from the internal functioning of organs to the efficiency of the body's immune system. The effects of cigarette smoking aredestructive and widespread.
* Nicotine: a deadly poison
* Arsenic: used in rat poison
* Methane: a component of rocket fuel
* Ammonia: found in floor cleaner
* Cadmium: used inbatteries
* Carbon Monoxide: part of car exhaust
* Formaldehyde: used to preserve body tissue
* Butane: lighter fluid
* Hydrogen Cyanide: the poison used in gas chambers
SmokingEffects on the Human Body
* Toxic ingredients in cigarette smoke travel throughout the body, causing damage in several different ways.
* Nicotine reaches the brain within 10 seconds aftersmoke is inhaled. It has been found in every part of the body and in breast milk.
* Carbon monoxide binds to hemoglobin in red blood cells, preventing affected cells from carrying a full load ofoxygen.
* Cancer-causing agents in tobacco smoke damage important genes that control the growth of cells, causing them to grow abnormally or to reproduce too rapidly.
* Smoking affects thefunction of the immune system and may increase the risk for respiratory and other infections.
* The body produces antioxidants to help repair damaged cells. Smokers have lower levels of antioxidantsin their blood than do nonsmokers.
How Smoking Harms Us: From Head to Toe
Do you have any idea which smoking-related disease is the number one cause of death among smokers? If you're thinkingit's lung cancer or COPD/emphysema, you're wrong. While both of these smoking-related diseases do claim a lot of lives, it is heart disease that that holds the top slot in the list of diseases that...