What smoking does to your body

By  ,  Onlymyhealth editorial team
Feb 27, 2012

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  • Over 4000 chemicals and over 400 other toxins that include nicotine go into the making of the cigarette.
  • Smoking also raises the risk of mouth cancer.
  • Men who smoke are at a higher risk of impotency and infertility.
  • It also takes a female smoker thrice the time to conceive when compared to non-smokers.

Over 4000 chemicals out of which 43 are proven carcinogenic elements and over 400 other toxins that include nicotine which reaches a person’s brain within 6 seconds and is also a well-known depressant; these are what go into the making of your favourite stick; the cigarette. Cigarette smoking will only cause harm. For some, an early diagnosis might save the day, but for the luckless ones, it will sound the death knell.




What does smoking do to your body?

  • Right when you take in a puff, it leaves tar on your teeth and also raises the risk of mouth cancer.
  • As it makes its way, through your windpipe, the cilia responsible for keeping mucus and phlegm away get agitated and slow down.
  • At the same time, the nicotine enters the adrenaline gland giving your body an unnecessary jolt and you a temporary high.
  • The nicotine also gets mixed into your bloodstream via the capillaries in the lungs.
  • You are also at a higher risk of stroke because while smoking your blood pressure shoots up and it makes your heart beat abnormally fast.

The aftermath of smoking on the body

  • Apart from the initial threat posed by smoking it also goes on to cause permanent and sometimes irreparable damage.
  • Smokers are at increased risk of various types of cancer including lung cancer, abdominal cancer and mouth cancer.
  • Chain smoking takes a toll on memory and learning capabilities sometimes leading to memory loss.
  • Smokers are at a higher risk of contracting type II diabetes when compared to non-smokers.
  • Skin ageing is accelerated due to smoking. Wrinkles and lines on the face can appear very early on in smokers.



What smoking does to your body

  • If you think smoking makes you feel more of a man; think twice because you might not be left with much more of your manhood!
  • Men who smoke are at a higher risk of impotency and infertility.
  • Smoking also decreases the quality of sperm adding to woes related to reproduction.
  • Loss of stamina is another problem that male smokers have to face. Smoking can also decrease sexual desire.



What smoking does to a woman’s body?

Audrey Hepburn elegantly holding a long cigarette holder in Breakfast at Tiffany’s is an iconic image from an iconic movie. But did you know that Hepburn died at the age of 62 due to nicotine addiction? The data might not match with the angelic face splashed on television sets today but the truth remains unchanged.

  • Smoking takes a toll on fertility in women. Multiple researches have conclusively proven that women who smoke are at a higher risk of infertility. It also takes them thrice the time to conceive when compared to non-smokers.


Whatever be the reason for you to smoke, it cannot be fulfilled at the cost of your health and the health of people around you. Do you know that passive smoking kills more people every year? If you just can’t kick the butt then at least think about your family and friends the next time you strike a match to light the cancer stick.

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