The consumption of cigarettes is increasing worldwide and their use poses more harm to people. Firsthand smoking and secondhand smoking have serious effects on the body but direct smoking is worse. This smoke is carcinogenic and can lead to various health problems. Whenever a person smokes harmful chemicals get into the bloodstream. These chemicals are as follows;
Carbon monoxide. The heating of tobacco gives off a toxic amount of carbon monoxide. When carbon monoxide builds up in the blood, red blood cells transport carbon instead of oxygen which can cause seizures and even death.
Nicotine. It has serious side health effects on the human body in addition to its being additive. Nicotine can lead to permanent brain damage, heart problems and high blood pressure.
Tar. The burning of tobacco creates poisonous smoke which is tar. It can damage your mouth by blackening the teeth. It can also coat the cilia and prevent them from functioning which may cause death.
Metals. Heavy metals can cause harm when inhaled in greater amounts because they are radioactive. Some of the metals found in tobacco smoke are cadmium, lead, chromium and nickel. However, little amount of cadmium inhaled into the body can give rise to kidney failure and fragile bones.
The best and effective way to avoid the harmful effects of cigarettes is to quit smoking.
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