What happens when you smoke?

What happens when you smoke?

We all know that smoking is bad for you. 

It’s written everywhere in ads and anti-smoking campaigns. But, how exactly do cigarettes harm us? What really happens to your body when you smoke?

When burned, cigarettes create more than 7000 chemical substances, with 69 known to be the cause of cancer. 

With each cigarette you smoke, it starts with;

  • Tar- a black resinous material which begins to coat the teeth and gums that will eventually cause decay. 
  • Inside the airways in the lungs, smoke increases the likelihood of infections and chronic diseases like bronchitis and emphysema. 
  • Within 10 seconds of smoking, toxic chemicals will enter your body and spread poison throughout your bloodstream. Poison that could cause constrictions of the blood vessels, reducing the amount of oxygen circulating to your organs and increase the chances of clot formation, stroke and heart diseases.
  • Overtime, smoke may also damages the nerve endings in the nose, causing loss of smell. It can also cause visual impairment and weakened bones. 

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