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How smoking affects your health

Smoking is a form of addiction that is hard to get rid of. Whilst smokers enjoy the nicotine high it delivers, alas, there are many detrimental consequences due to inhaling smoke.

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10 reasons to quit smoking

Your health is the main victim of smoking. This means that it will be affected adversely due to the consequences of smoking.

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10 reasons to quit smoking

Some of the chemical ingredients used in tobacco manufacturing include arsenic, turpentine, benzene, lead, nickel, cadmium, butane, acetone and ammonia. Hence, when you light a cigarette or tobacco, combustion takes place releasing many carcinogens in your body and in the environment.

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10 reasons to quit smoking

Some of the chemical ingredients used in tobacco manufacturing include arsenic, turpentine, benzene, lead, nickel, cadmium, butane, acetone and ammonia. Hence, when you light a cigarette or tobacco, combustion takes place releasing many carcinogens in your body and in the environment.

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10 reasons to quit smoking

Meanwhile, inside your lungs, the smoke you inhale damages the scavenger cells. In fact, the smoke you inhale turns into tar and sticks on your throat and lungs. No need to tell you that tar kills healthy lung cells.

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10 reasons to quit smoking

Since tar sticks to your throat and lungs coating your tongue and nose, your sense of smell and taste is also affected. In the long term, that is, if you continue smoking regularly, your taste buds will simply fade.

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10 reasons to quit smoking

Chemicals that are in the cigarette smoke also immediately get into your bloodstream, the heart and every part of the body.

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10 reasons to quit smoking

Chemicals that are in the cigarette smoke also immediately get into your bloodstream, the heart and every part of the body.

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10 reasons to quit smoking

Smoking can cause an irregular heartbeat or arrhythmia. Your heart works harder and it beats faster when you light a cigarette.

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10 reasons to quit smoking

You also deprive your heart of valuable oxygen when you smoke. In fact, carbon monoxide is produced when you smoke. Hence, the heart works overtime to supply oxygen.

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10 reasons to quit smoking

Another occurrence in the body is that blood pressure rises from 10% to 15%. And, we all know that high blood pressure can increase you chances of getting a heart attack or a stroke.

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10 reasons to quit smoking

In addition to the above side effects, smoking also damages the skin. This happens because when you light a cigarette, the skin is stripped of valuable oxygen as the blood vessels constrict. The outcome? Wrinkles and smoker's face characterised by deep and dark lines and greyish complexion.

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10 reasons to quit smoking

Now that we have outlined how smoking creates havoc on the body, it is also time to enumerate diseases that are directly or indirectly related to this habit. These include lung diseases including cancer of the lung, bladder, blood, cervix, liver, pancreas, kidney and the trachea among others.

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10 reasons to quit smoking

Other health hazards include diabetes, erectile dysfunction and rheumatoid arthritis.

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10 reasons to quit smoking

Other health hazards include diabetes, erectile dysfunction and rheumatoid arthritis.

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10 reasons to quit smoking

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