Heart- stress on the heart, coronary artery disease. Increase in resting heart rate. Heart has to work harder, less efficiently. Heart disease, early MI, sudden death.
lungs- COPD (emphysema, chronic bronchitis, empyema, smokers cough, shortness of breath, exercise intolerance)
lung cancer. Second hand smoke issues to our friends and family.
blood vessels- nicotine causes vasoconstriction of the vessels, thereby making it more difficult for oxygenated blood to travel.
fertility- decrease in fertility, difficult pregnancies with risk of low birth weight babies, asthma and allergies in the infant
bladder- increase risk of bladder cancer
kidneys- renal cell carcinoma increased in smoker population
skin- loss of elasticity, premature aging. Smokers mouth wrinkle pattern,
teeth- ugly yellow stains, decreased blood supply to the mouth causes weakened gums and tooth structure. Tooth loss and gum disease
eyes- chronic yellow/redness from smoke . Dullness.
Social- stigma, “socially unacceptable”. Alienation and isolation. Smells and embarrassment.
Increased risk of comorbodity with surgery, anesthesia and illness.
This list is by by no means inclusive. I am just pondering over what I’ve “given up” by smoking.
Almost every single bodily system is negatively impacted by smoking. The effects are far reaching, and profound.
If you are tempted to light up, look at this list and find something to keep fighting for!!!
We are ALL worth it, and deserving of such better things than cigarettes can provide!!!
Make it a great day!!!!