Ten reasons why you should quit tobacco now!

Consuming tobacco is not good for the system. However, did you know that tobacco kills an estimated 6 million people every year? More than five million of those deaths are the result of direct tobacco use while more than 600 000 are the result of non-smokers being exposed to second-hand smoke. Also, people who smoke are more likely to have complications after surgery than people who do not smoke. Poor wound healing is one of the most common complications after surgery. Smoking reduces the amount of oxygen that is available in the blood even more, making it more difficult for wounds to heal – a process which requires oxygen. Here are additional reasons why you should be thinking of quitting tobacco once and for all:1)Tobacco contains carcinogenic chemicals
There are more than 4000 chemicals in tobacco smoke, out of which 250 are known to be harmful and more than 50 cause cancer.
2)Second-hand smoke can cause various diseases
In adults, second-hand smoke causes cardiovascular and respiratory diseases, including coronary heart disease and lung cancer. In infants, it causes sudden death. In pregnant women, it causes low birth weight.
3)Tobacco consumption can increase risk of Stroke
When you smoke, you inhale tobacco smoke which contains over 7000 toxic chemicals including carbon monoxide, formaldehyde, and hydrogen cyanide. These chemicals are transferred from the lung cells into the bloodstream, changing and damaging cells in the body. The changes that these chemicals that can cause can increase you risk of stroke.
4)Smoking can increase risk of Diabetes
Smoking raises blood sugar levels. Studies show that active smokers have a 30% to 40% higher risk of developing Type 2 Diabetes.
5)Smoking can increase risk of Lung Cancer
Smoking can cause lung disease by damaging your airways and the small air sacs (alveoli) found in your lungs. Smoking harms nearly every organ in the body, and is a main cause of lung cancer and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD, including chronic bronchitis and emphysema).
6)Smoking can worsen Asthma
If you have asthma, tobacco smoke can trigger an attack or make an attack worse. When a person inhales tobacco smoke, irritating substances settle in the moist lining of the airways. These substances can cause an attack in a person who has asthma.
7)Tobacco consumption can increase risk of Cancer of Mouth and Throat
Consumption of tobacco can affect the health of your mouth and throat. As well as the obvious effects such as unsightly stains on your teeth and bad breath, smoking is the major cause of cancers of the mouth, throat, esophagus, pharynx, larynx, tongue, lips and salivary glands. The longer you smoke, and the more you smoke, the greater the risk of these cancers.
8)Smoking can lead to Infertility among men and women
Smoking can also affect men’s sperm count, which can reduce fertility and also increase risks for birth defects and miscarriage (loss of the pregnancy).
9)Smoking can cause Blood Clots
Tobacco damages blood vessels and can make them thicken and grow narrower. This makes your heart beat faster and your blood pressure go up. Clots can also form. A stroke occurs when a clot blocks the blood flow to part of your brain or when a blood vessel in or around your brain bursts.
10)Consumption of Tobacco can cause vision problems
Consumption of tobacco can increase your risk of cataracts (clouding of the eye’s lens that makes it hard for you to see) and age-related macular degeneration (damage to a small spot near the center of the retina which is needed for central vision).

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