Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer-related death in the world but lung cancer screening can save lives. Every time you smoke a cigarette, toxic gases pass into your lungs, then into your bloodstream where they spread to every organ in your body.
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A cigarette is made using the tobacco leaf which contains nicotine and a variety of other compounds. As the tobacco and compounds burn, they release thousands of dangerous chemicals which include gases, carbon monoxide and nitrogen oxide as well as trace amounts of cancer-causing radioactive particles.
All forms of tobacco are dangerous including cigars, pipes and smokeless tobacco such as chewing tobacco and snuff.
Nicotine is an addictive chemical in tobacco. After you inhale tobacco smoke, nicotine flows through the bloodstream to your brain where it induces a pleasurable feeling. When you repeatedly expose your brain to nicotine, it becomes desensitized, making you crave more and more nicotine just to feel normal.
Smoking causes death. People who smoke typically die at an earlier age than non-smokers. If you smoke, your risk of major health problems increases dramatically including heart disease, heart attack, stroke, lung cancer and death.
Smoking can also cause an abdominal aortic aneurysm which is a swelling or weakening of your aorta where it runs through your abdomen.
The most common cancer in the world is lung cancer, with over a million new cases diagnosed every year. Harmful chemicals in cigarettes can cause cancer in other parts of your body such as in the blood and bone marrow, mouth, throat, stomach, kidney, uterus and cervix.
Smoking can cause infertility in both men and women. If a woman is pregnant and smokes during pregnancy, she exposes her baby to the cigarette's poisonous chemicals causing a greater risk of low birth weight, miscarriage, pre-term delivery, stillbirth, infant death and sudden infant death syndrome.
Smoking is also dangerous if a mother is breastfeeding. Nicotine passes to the baby through breast milk and can cause restlessness, rapid heartbeat, vomiting, interrupted sleep or diarrhea.
Smoking is even more dangerous with the presence of the coronavirus disease. When your lungs become weak as a result of smoking, it becomes an easy resting place for the virus. Once you contract the virus, chances of you surviving are very tiny.
Other health effects of smoking include; low bone density and increased risk for hip fracture among women, gum disease often leading to tooth loss and surgery, immune system dysfunction, delayed wound healing and sexual impotence in men.
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