The negative health impacts of smoking go much further than just lung problems.
Around 42 million adult Americans currently smoke, and while the number is decreasing many people become ill and are killed every year by the effects of smoking.
Many people are aware that smoking damages your lungs, with lung and throat cancer being the two main illnesses that are linked with smoking, and the reason why most people decide to quit.
By smoking is actually damaging to nearly every part of your body, including bones, muscles, brain, teeth, eyes and your fertility.
The disgusting reality is that smoking has an effect on your body similar to ‘rotting’, as it systematically breaks down the cells.
In the UK there is a large anti-smoking campaign showing body parts rotting in an effort to get the message through to people.
Smoking causes the following health problems –
- Smoking causes progressive harm to your musculoskeletal system and bone mineral density
- Men who smoke have a 25 percent increased risk of any fracture and a 40 percent increased risk of hip fracture
- Smoking leads to slower healing after injury
- Smoking leads to a 79 percent increase in chronic back pain and a 114 percent increase in disabling lower back pain.
- Smokers are 53 percent more likely to develop cognitive impairment than non-smokers
- Smokers are 59 percent more likely to develop Alzheimer’s disease
- Smoking increases your risk of tooth loss and decay
- Smoking increases your risk of age-related macular degeneration by 78 percent to 358 percent, and increases your risk of age-related cataracts
So if you are considering quitting smoking because of lung concerns, be aware of all of the other health problems it is causing.
The effects of quitting smoking kick in within 20 minutes of quitting, as your blood pressure and heart rate become lower. Watch the video below for a timeline of events after you decide to quit.