I read a great article today in Metro New York, and perhaps in other Metros, summarizing the effects of smoking. I smoke a little. Two things popped out the most for me -- skin effects and fertility effects.
Here is a summary:
Lungs: Paralyzes ciliary hairs that clean out the lungs. About 70 percent of tar sticks to the lungs ad kills healthy cells. It's the same tar used in road paving.
Heart: Your heart beats a extra 36,000 beats per day. Arrhythmia or irregular heartbeat can result.
Blood: Carbon monoxide takes the place of oxygen in blood, which is therefore less oxygenated. Less oxygen is available to cells. If you exercise, this is especially not good.
Blood Pressure: Increases blood vessel constriction and raised blood pressure 10 percent to 15 percent, increasing the risk for heart attack or stroke.
Brain: The brain endorses endorphins, making you feel good when you smoke.
Teeth: They get stained from nicotine and tar.
Nose and tongue: The senses of smell and taste fade.
Skin: Because of decreased oxygen levels, premature aging may occur.
Fertility: Women -- Heavy smokers show a 43 percent decline in fertility.
Men -- Male smokers may have a lower sperm count, altered sperm shape and erectile problems.
Disclaimer: None of the above information can be taken as a substitute for advice from a medical professional such as a physician.
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