It is not the loss of nutrients or vitamins that is of concern when you smoke. It is that cigarette smoke has at least 7000 chemicals that can cause havoc to your system. If you smoke less, you cause less damage. So all that you are doing is dying slowly. In case your constitution has any precipitating factors, you could hasten the damage. The consequences of cigarette smoking
is less if you smoke less but the other conditions may anyway aggravate ill-health. So instead of worrying or calculating the effects, just
stop this habit because it is bad, period. Fortunately, almost all the damage by smoking can be reversed, if and when you stop and take measures to lead a healthy life of exercise, diet and rest. It is difficult to quantify the extent of damage but effects could be felt in your stamina, skin wrinkling, lung capacity, heart strain, eye damage, sexual erectile capacity, tooth decay
and tartar buildup, foul breath, damage to the celia lining your throat, brain cells, and for some people the early stages of cancer
promoting conditions, and a host of other problems. You are advised to stop immediately and abruptly. Check this summary if you are still seriously looking for an excuse to smoke less and feel somewhat justified. Summary: (Source:Center for Disease Control and Prevention)
• Cigarette smoking causes more than 480,000 deaths each year in the United States. This is nearly one in five deaths.
• More than 10 times as many U.S. citizens have died prematurely from cigarette smoking than have died in all the wars fought by the United States during its history.
• Smoking causes about 90% (or 9 out of 10) of all lung cancer
deaths in men and women.1,2 More women die from lung cancer each year than from breast cancer.
• About 80% (or 8 out of 10) of all deaths from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD
) are caused by smoking.
• Cigarette smoking increases risk for death from all causes in men and women.
• Smoking is estimated to increase the risk—
o For coronary heart disease by 2 to 4 times
o For stroke
by 2 to 4 times
o Of men developing lung cancer by 25 times
• Of women developing lung cancer by 25.7 times
• Smoking causes diminished overall health, increased absenteeism from work, and increased health care utilization and cost.
• Smoking causes stroke and coronary heart disease.
• Even people who smoke fewer than five cigarettes a day can have early signs of cardiovascular disease.
• Smoking damages blood vessels and can make them thicken and grow narrower. This makes your heart beat faster and your blood pressure go up. Clots can also form.
• Blockages caused by smoking can also reduce blood flow to your legs and skin.
• Lung diseases caused by smoking include COPD, which includes emphysema
and chronic bronchitis.
• Cigarette smoking causes most cases of lung cancer.
• If you have asthma
, tobacco smoke can trigger an attack or make an attack worse.
• Smokers are 12 to 13 times more likely to die from COPD than nonsmokers.
Smoking can cause cancer almost anywhere in your body:
• Blood (acute myeloid leukemia
• Colon and rectum (colorectal)
• Kidney and ureter
• Oropharynx (includes parts of the throat, tongue, soft palate, and the tonsils)
• Trachea, bronchus
, and lung
• Smoking can make it harder for a woman to become pregnant
and can affect her baby's health before and after birth. Smoking increases risks for:
o Preterm (early) delivery
o Stillbirth (death of the baby before birth)
o Low birth weight
o Sudden infant death syndrome (known as SIDS
or crib death)
o Ectopic pregnancy
o Orofacial clefts in infants
• Smoking can also affect men's sperm, which can reduce fertility
and also increase risks for birth defects
• Smoking can affect bone health.
o Women past childbearing years who smoke have weaker bones than women who never smoked, and are at greater risk for broken bones.
• Smoking affects the health of your teeth and gums and can cause tooth loss.
• Smoking can increase your risk for cataracts (clouding of the eye’s lens that makes it hard for you to see) and age-related macular degeneration
(damage to a small spot near the center of the retina, the part of the eye needed for central vision).
• Smoking is a cause of type 2 diabetes mellitus
and can make it harder to control. The risk of developing diabetes
is 30–40% higher for active smokers than nonsmokers.
• Smoking causes general adverse effects on the body, including inflammation and decreased immune function.
• Smoking is a cause of rheumatoid arthritis