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Smoking: Effects on Your Body

  • Date Submitted: 03/04/2012 12:24 AM
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Cigarette smoking is a well known trend among people nowadays. Eventhough smoking is certainly the major cause of several diseases but smokers hardly give up smoking because smoking is addictive. There are many factors that contribute smokers’ first attempt to smoke. Many people start smoking because their friends and family have tried it or smoke themselves while others took it as a stress buster and to try out forbidden stuff. Smoking can damage your body and increase the risk of fatal death because it contains dangerous chemicals, can damages the kidney and harms the respiratory system.

Firstly, tobacco smoke contains dangerous chemicals such as carbon monoxide, hydrogen cyanide, carcinogens, nicotine, metal, and radioactive compounds. Carbon monoxide is a poisonous gas which lowers the amount of oxygen carried by blood. On the other hand, hydrogen cyanide kills cilia, the tiny hairs that move together in waves to help keep our lung clean. There are dozens of carcinogens which is cancer-causing agents in tobacco smoke. One of the most compelling of all carcinogens is benzopyrene. Apart from that, nicotine maintains the smoking habit. It makes the heart beat faster and work harder than it should, and it adversely affects blood clotting factors which might play a part in heart attacks. There are many toxic metals including arsenic, cadmium and lead which have been found in tobacco smoke.   In very small amounts, some of these metals support life, but when taken in large amounts it turns out into toxic. The radioactive compounds found in highest concentration in cigarette smoke are pollonium 210 and pottasium 40. Radioactive compounds are widely known to cause cancer.

Next, smoking is a proven risk factor which can damage our kidney. It damages our kidney by causing chronic kidney diseases (CKD). Chronic kidney disease (CKD) is defined as damaged kidneys, or a reduction in kidney function below 60 percent of normal. Kidney disease is sometimes called a...

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