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Smoking - Symptom, Treatment And Causes

Smoking means a practice whereby people burn a substance which results in a smoke that can be breathed in, which is tasted and then absorbed into the bloodstream. The most common substance that is smoked is the dried leaves of the tobacco plant, which when rolled up inside a square piece of paper, creates a small round cylinder- called a cigarette.

Smoking is an age old tradition whereby this practice was primarily practiced as a route of administration for recreational drugs. It’s been because the combustion of the dried leaves and herbs vaporizes very fast and can deliver active narcotic substances into the pulmonary system, where they are absorbed rapidly into the bloodstream to reach our brain and other tissues in our body. In the case of cigarette smoking dried tobacco leaf releases aerosol, gasses and needless to say alkaloid nicotine, which, when absorbed into the bloodstream through the lungs creates a feeling of satiety. In some cultures all around the world smoking is till used as a part of various traditional rituals , where participants use this practice to enter a trance like state, which some believe lead them to ‘spiritual enlightenment’. Generally any kind of smoking has negative health effects. As smoking poses a threat to various physiological processes, particularly to our cardio-respiratory system. Diseases that occurs out of smoking have shown mortality for approximately half of the long term smokers, when compared to the death rates faced by non-smokers.

Researches do confirm that smoking tobacco, is the most common recreational drug practiced by over one billion people in present times, of whom most are the citizens of the developing countries across the globe. Less common drugs that are smoked are marijuana (cannabis) and opium. Hard narcotic chemicals like heroin and others are also smoked, but their use is limited, as these chemicals are hard to be found commercially. Cigarettes, on the other hand, are manufactured industrially for commercial use, but then again, they can also be hand-rolled using loose tobacco and rolling papers. Some of the other things that are often smoked are pipes, bidis, vaporizers, hookahs and bongs.

In the present times many governments across the world is deterring their citizen from smoking and highlighting on anti-smoking campaigns, stressing on the harmful long-term effects of this age-old practice. Passive smoking, which affects the health of other non-smokers and children in the vicinity of the smokers, is one major reason for enforcement of this smoking ban. Especially in indoor public places, like bars, restaurants, and bars.

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People who smoke have a greater risk of dying from lung cancer. Smoking leads to dry cough and irritation in the throat. Women who smoke during their gestation have greater risks of delivering babies with birth defects. Smoking can lead to erectile dysfunctions. Smoking has greater risks of developing heart ailments and COPD symptoms.

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Can Smoking Cause Impotence?

Dr. Ravindra 92% (197 ratings)
BAMS, MS - Sexuality And Sexual Counselling, FICA
Sexologist, Bangalore
Can Smoking Cause Impotence?
Effects of Smoking on Sexual Health Smoking, in general, has a negative effect on the human body. It can cause a host of disorders such as mouth cancer, blood pressure problems, and lung cancer. Smoking affects the sexual performance of both men and women. Here are some effects that smoking has on sex 1. Impotence: Smoking can damage the blood vessels that lead to erectile dysfunction (a condition where the penis cannot sustain an erection). 2. Decrease in libido: Smoking can cause various physical problems such as stamina reduction and lack of desire for sex. An individual who smokes won't be able to give an optimal sexual performance and this can further lower satisfaction levels. 3. Erectile dysfunction: Smoking can cause problems related to the circulation of the blood in the body. It can narrow the arteries that supply blood and this is directly linked with erectile dysfunction. 4. Tissue damage: Smoking can damage the tissues inside the penis thus impairing your ability to have an erection during sexual intercourse. 5. Early onset of menopause: It can affect the estrogen (a sex hormone) levels in the female body; so, women who smoke tend to reach menopause early. 6. Reduction in penis size: It can reduce the penis size in men by damaging the blood vessels and the structure of the tissue around the penis. This is more common in younger men. 7. Reduction in stamina: Smoking can cause a reduction in the stamina, thus a person will not be able to perform well sexually. It can lead to fatigue and tiredness during sex. Of course, there are a lot of therapies which can help you recover from the damage already happened because of smoking and prevent further damage.
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Smoking May Harm DNA OF SPERM

Dr. Uma Verma 91% (1320 ratings)
MS- Gynaecology, MBBS
Gynaecologist, Delhi
Smoking May Harm DNA Of Sperm Smoking damages the DNA of sperm and affects fertility. Researchers have studied 422 proteins in participants sperm. One protein was absent, 27 proteins are underrepresented and 6 proteins are over-represented.
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7 Horrible Things That Smoking Does To Your Skin!

Dr. Jyoti Sharma 85% (10 ratings)
MD - Dermatology, MBBS
Dermatologist, Delhi
7 Horrible Things That Smoking Does To Your Skin!
Most people think that having a smoking habit adversely affects only the lungs and the heart. But apart from known links to lung cancer and heart disorders, smoking also causes skin damage. The intensity of damage is directly proportional to the number of cigarettes one smokes in a day and the number of years one has been smoking for. Here are 7 of the horrible things that smoking does to your skin 1. Premature ageing: The process of skin ageing is accelerated by a smoking habit. The chemicals that are ingested through the smoke cause your skin to age much faster, making it look loose, dull and coarse, with uneven colouring. Most smokers have a muted orange or grey tinge to their complexions. 2. Wrinkles and lines: The nicotine from smoke constricts blood vessels in the outer layers of the skin, thereby cutting off the supply of oxygen and nutrients. This causes the skin to develop visible fine lines and wrinkles at a faster rate. 3. Scarring and pigmentation: Since blood is not flowing properly to the outer layers of the skin, it is more susceptible to broken capillaries and veins, which can cause dark scarring and pigmentation on the face and other areas. 4. Darkening of the lips: Constant exposure to heat from smoking causes stark darkening and pigmentation in the lips, which also become dry and coarse. 5. Delayed wound healing: The presence of nicotine, tar and other chemicals in the blood causes cuts and wounds on the skin to heal at a much slower pace with an increased risk of infection, blood clot formation and death of skin tissue. 6. Increased risk of skin disease: Smoking makes the skin prone to various diseases and conditions like psoriasis, which happen as nicotine adversely affects the body's immune system. 7. High chances of skin cancer: Skin cancer and oral cancer are the two lesser known variants of the diseases that can be caused by smoking. Skin cancer is far more common among smokers than among non-smokers. The harmful effects of smoking on the skin are not entirely discernible until after 10 years of prolonged smoking. Fortunately, your skin starts to heal itself when you kick the habit.
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Smoking Pot - 11 Ways It Can Harm Your Body!

Ms. Sheetal Bidkar 88% (40 ratings)
International Certified Addiction Professional
Psychologist, Mumbai
Smoking Pot - 11 Ways It Can Harm Your Body!
It is a common trend among youngsters to smoke weed as they tend to think it makes them look cool. It is a common misconception that smoking pot relieves various social and personal problems. It is used as a form of escape mechanism that allows them to avoid problems in life. The usual reasons why people turn to smoking pot are: 1. Peer pressure You may have friends who smoke weed on a regular basis, so you may be tempted to join in. 2. Boredom It is a usual resort to escape from boredom or craving excitement. It is said that smoking weed helps in filling the internal void that results from lack of excitement. 3. Rebellion Weed has also been connected and continues to be a symbol of rebellion among todays teenagers and youngsters. Risks 1. Smoking weed has been shown to shrink the size of the orbitofrontal cortex, a region of the brain that is important in making decisions and processing emotions. 2. It can alter your mood, hamper body movement and impairs your ability to concentrate and execute tasks. 3. It increases your risk of getting affected by phlegm and cough. 4. The long term effects of marijuana comprises of impaired learning and thinking skills. 5. It also affects the process where new connections are formed in the brain. 6. Regular weed smokers have also been shown to have lower IQ levels comparatively. 7. Apart from the mental effects, it may also cause breathing discomforts as the smoke may irritate the lungs. 8. It also increases the chances of heart attack in the elderly. 9. Weed has also been reported to impact the fetus if a pregnant woman smokes it. 10. It raises the risk of behavioral problems in children. 11. The complications that a child may face are impaired problem solving skills, attention and memory related disorders. Thus, it is important to stay away from smoking weed as it is addictive and increases your chances of getting affected by numerous health complications.
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4 Easy Ways To Quit Smoking!

Dr. Deepak Subramanian 88% (10 ratings)
MS - General Surgery
General Surgeon, Chennai
4 Easy Ways To Quit Smoking!
How Smoking Impacts Your Organs? As you inhale cigarette smoke, about 7000 carcinogens stir the crevices of your body. In India, about 3,00,000 people die every year due to smoking-related issues. Here's a list of 5 such organs, which are the most affected by cigarette smoke. 1. Your lungs - Your lungs are probably the first organs to bear the wrath of cigarette smoke. Majority of the lung cancer cases are due to smoking. Other diseases include bronchitis and emphysema. This smoke paralyzes the cilia lining the inner walls so much so that it overproduces mucous. When the mucous builds, respiration suffers. Asthma and cancer follow. 2. Your Skin - Your skin also gets affected up to a huge extent if you smoke. You could have deep circles under your eyes, wrinkles on your skin, and stretch marks, if you continue smoking over time. Also, there lies the risk of major health issues like skin warts, psoriasis, skin cancer, and wounds, which may take longer to heal. 3. Your Penis - Studies revealed that you can take longer for an erection and find it difficult to maintain it if you are a heavy smoker. Studies have also revealed that men who quit smoking had longer and firmer erections. 4. Your Liver - Smoking increases the chances of you suffering from liver cancer dramatically. According to studies, half of the liver cancer cases are due to smoking. Obesity can also take place if you're a heavy smoker. 5. Your Eyes - Smoking affects your eyes to the extent of making you blind. Partial vision loss, glaucoma, cataracts, dry eye syndrome, and diabetic retinopathy are some of the other diseases you are susceptible to if you smoke. Despite the negative effects, quitting smoking can save you from all of these potential health hazards. Here are some ways to help you quit smoking. 1. Nicotine Replacement Therapy - There are a few nicotine replacement tools in the form of nicotine nasal sprays and nicotine inhaler, which you can use to quit smoking. 2. Chew on something - You should try to chew on some candy, or a gum, or anything crunchy and satisfying once you start getting restless for a cigarette or any other form of nicotine. That usually helps. 3. Relaxation techniques - If you are resisting tobacco strongly, it can be very stressful indeed. Take a break from whatever you are doing and go out for a walk, practice muscle relaxation, yoga or deep breathing to keep the craving out of the way. 4. Get involved in some physical work - Getting involved in some work will surely go a long way in reducing your craving. You can also try out physical exercises like squats, running, or jogging. Otherwise, you can also indulge in some needlework, or anything, which involves concentration or physical work.
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Popular Questions & Answers

Does smoking occasionally really kills? I smoke 3 cigarettes a week, but I started it after 1 year, will smoking at such a rate for 3 months may cause some serious problems? In these 3 months my exams are there. While during holidays I don't feel like to smoke!

Dr. Jayvirsinh Chauhan 97% (3237 ratings)
MD - Homeopathy, BHMS
Homeopath, Vadodara
It will slowly become habit... 3 to 30... And that kills..... Cigarette does not help in exam... It is just our imagination...that it reduces stress.. it just gives relief for 5 minutes... And then the stress comes back with double power.
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How to quit smoking easily I am suffering from. Gastric to I fells tht if I somkes it ll help in digestion nd .it ll be relaxed for mind how to make it gud.

Dr. Shanti Prakash Verma 87% (368 ratings)
Homeopath, Delhi
Strong will power is needed to quit the habit of smoking. You are having a wrong feeling regarding te smoking. These are the withdrawal symptoms you are experiences on quitting the smoking. Homoeopathy has very good medicines to deal with the urge to smoke. Get in touch with some homoeopath there near you.

I want to quit smoking but due to weak will power and work load I am not able to quit it. Can you help me by any medicine or course.

Dr. Sadique Bhati 89% (207 ratings)
Bachelor of Arts (Psychology), MA Clinical Psychology, Diploma in Hypnotherapy, Diploma in Naturopathy & Yogic Science (DNYS), Certificate in Naturopathy & Yoga
Psychologist, Nagpur
Dear Lybrate user Smoking is and addiction and all addictions are psychological and they will not go away until and unless the root cause (s) are resolved and thats why many people again get back with their addiction even after returning from deaddiction centers. We offer a special course for smoking. There are no medicines or products or supplements there. Its mind training so that the way you start smoking the same way you quit it and that too with ease. And you can do all this online just like many other people have done. When the psychological causes and reasons will get resolved you will automatically quit smoking and as well as the cravings. For more information contact me. Good luck. Take care.
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How does smoking cigarette effects a person when he is suffering from high level of mental illness. As I am suffering from severe anxiety, depression, constant headache, heavy head, restlessness, panic disorder (less lungs power), disturbed heartbeat, shortness of breath etc. I am regularly consulting psychiatrist from last year. How does smoking effects my brain lungs, heartbeat, heart and body?

Ms. M Sri Vidhya Venkatesan 91% (401 ratings)
MS - Counselling and Psychotherapy, Master of Arts in Clinical Psychology, Bachelor of Arts - Psychology and English Literature
Psychologist, Coimbatore
Hi lybrate-user! Hope you have read in the cigarette pack, theatre and at certain places that cigarette smoking is injurious to health, but still many of them ignore and continue to smoke. Actually smoking consists of poisonous materials stuffed in it, which will cause lung damage, throat cancer, mouth cancer and many more. The smoke is also not good for body. Actually I am not aware, why you started smoking was it for friends, fun or an addiction or for relaxing. Whatever the reason may be as the years went by your mental tolerance power has decreased to an extent that you cannot handle even a simple problem in life, which a non-smoker can easily solve and walk happily. Because the smoke gets mixed in the oxygen you intake and your lungs gets air bags are filled with smoke and slowly it starts turning into lung cancer and throat cancer. For e.g, light a sheet of paper for an wooden piece, let it burn keep your hand near that burning piece, notice how the texture of your skin gets changed, this if continued, your hand exposed to the burning piece continuously what will happen imagine. We human beings are not made up of stone, we are of tender skin, we are of flesh and blood. We need to take care of yourself in such a way that what our body can withstand. If we become addicted our mental health also is spoiled, no tolerance power, lack of concentration, getting irritated to silly things, etc, To know more contact a Professional Psychologist at your locality or you can seek a online Psychologist. If you are interested you can contact me for further assistance. Be relaxed. Undergo treatment to overcome smoking. With regards
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