Did you know that smoking alters natural breathing? Perhaps you are aware of the proper breathing habit. Inhaling is done through the nose while exhaling goes through the mouth. In contrast, smokers are compelled to breathe through the mouth and exhale through the nose. That leaves you with respiratory disturbance, not to mention the unsightly gaps in between teeth. Unfortunately, there are bigger health concerns involved in cigarette use.
More than the act of smoking, the object itself holds greater health risks. The cigarette piece is stuffed with toxic substances such as carbon monoxide, nicotine, tar, and various particulates. These harmful constituents can trigger serious diseases affecting cardiovascular, cerebral, pulmonary, and reproductive health. Worst, it can also lead to many different types of cancer.
Pulmonary diseases are the most popular health complications of cigarette smoking. In particular, it can cause Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disorder. The pulmonary disorder is characterized by the inflammation of lungs attributed to constant exposure on harmful gas and particulates. Such disease may also be coupled by bronchitis, emphysema, and many other lung problems.
Too much smoking can cause cardiovascular diseases, too. That is no health fiction! The fact of the matter is smoking instils nicotine into the system. This sort of substance can elicit constriction of arteries. In turn, blood circulation is disturbed along the process thereby giving rise to hypertension. You can also expect rapid heart palpitation as the heart works double time to pump sufficient amount of blood in circulation.
What is even more alarming is that smoking can pull the trigger. Yes, it can lead to the most dreaded condition, perhaps in the likes of cerebral thrombosis. Also known as brain stroke, the condition manifests upon the blockage of carotid artery. In case you have not heard yet, excessive smoking thickens the blood hence the likelihood to develop blood clotting. That can ultimately lead to artery obstruction. Besides, the unlikely habit can directly harm the artery linings due to extreme accumulation of fats.
Another dreadful illness brought about by smoking is cancer. You heard me right! In fact, the cigarette substance called tar can bring you more than the dread of lung cancer. To tell you honestly, this carcinogen can cause a variety of cellular malformations specifically on oesophagus, larynx, oral cavity, tongue, etc. Smoking also happens to be a contributory factor on many other circumstances of cancer, for instance, on the bladder, kidney, pancreas, stomach, and the like.
As much as cigarette smoking can bring you severe illnesses, it can also harm your reproductive system. The smoking habit can even set off impotence as well as erectile dysfunction on men. That is ascribed to poor blood circulation hindering blood supply to the male reproductive organ. In the same way, smoking can also trigger infertility to women due to low quality embryo.
No doubt, there is no other way to get rid of these awful diseases but to quit smoking! Quitting does not come easy, though. Smoking can develop into an addiction given the nicotine content. Nonetheless, you can always get big a sigh of relief by ending the curse of this unlikely vice. Luckily, there are many smoking treatments and alternatives available.
Whenever I hear the word cancer oftentimes I feel some chills. Though I hear it and read about it many times it still sounds alien for some reasons. I know of some people who have died because of it. My former accountant and a very good friend of my sibling had a couple of chemo sessions but unfortunately was not able to survive.
I know of lung cancer, breast cancer, and then prostate, then that is it. I suppose I am also not that well-informed about cancer like most Filipinos. So I Google “cancer” and Wikipedia gave lots of basic and important information.
Cancer is 90-95% caused by environmental factors and 5-10% due to hereditary genetics. The first one has a staggering percentage so I decided to read further about it; and the second sounds too complicated. =)
These environmental factors include tobacco smoking (25-30%), poor diet that leads to obesity and other diseases (30-35%), infections (15-20%), radiation (10%), lack of regular exercise, pollution, and even stress.
Tobacco is one of the components of most manufactured cigarettes. So if you are smoking cigarettes you are smoking tobacco. We Filipinos love to eat. But I don’t know exactly which foods may cause cancer. I remember a tomato sauce brand claiming prevention of cancer if consumed regularly. Infections are due to bacteria, viruses, and other microscopic organisms. Radiation is another complex topic. I need to make more research on these causes.
So if I don’t smoke, if I eat nutritious foods, and do regular physical activities then there should be less chance for me to get cancer? It should. But of course this is easier said than done especially the eating part. Because of the numerous gatherings and events Filipinos love to celebrate we become careless. But most importantly, it’s what we do every day. It is what we consume every day. So the best time to start preventing cancer is now. And the best way is to always educate yourself and your loved ones.
I shall write more about cancer on the next coming posts. Please feel free to share your thoughts.