Friday, July 8

The Top Health Risks of Smoking You Need to Know

What are smoking's health risks?
In the UK, smoking is one of the leading causes of illness and death.

In the UK, smoking causes over 78,000 annual deaths, and thousands more suffer from crippling illnesses.

More than 50 major health disorders are more likely to develop among smokers.

Some could be fatal, while others could harm your health in the long run in an irreparable way.

You could get sick:

if you personally smoke
if others close to you smoke (passive smoking)
Health effects of smoking
About seven out of ten occurrences of lung cancer are brought on by smoking (70 percent ).

Many other areas of the body are also affected, including the:
throat, mouth, and voice box (larynx)
oesophagus (the tube between your mouth and stomach)
Smoking harms your heart and blood circulation, raising your risk of contracting illnesses like:
cardiovascular disease
chest pain
the disease of the peripheral vasculature (damaged blood vessels)
Alzheimer's disease (damaged arteries that supply blood to your brain)

Additionally, smoking harms your lungs, resulting in illnesses like:

Bronchitis and emphysema pneumonia are both components of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).
Additionally, smoking can exacerbate or prolong the signs and symptoms of respiratory illnesses like the common cold or asthma.

Smoking can lead to impotence in men because it reduces the blood flow to the penis.

It can also lower both men's and women's fertility.

Passive smoking's negative health effects
The smoke that is exhaled by the smoker and the tip of a lighted cigarette together make up secondhand smoke.

You have a higher chance of developing the same health problems as smokers if you inhale secondhand smoke, sometimes referred to as passive smoking.

For instance, your chance of acquiring lung cancer rises by around 25% if your spouse smokes but you have never smoked.

Children and infants are more susceptible to the negative effects of secondhand smoking.

A youngster who is exposed to passive smoke has a higher risk of getting meningitis, chest infections, a chronic cough, and worsening asthma symptoms.

Additionally, they are more likely to experience cot death and glue ear or an ear infection.

Learn more about secondhand smoke.

Smoking during pregnancy has negative health effects
Smoking while pregnant is dangerous for both you and your unborn child's health.

Smoking during pregnancy raises your chance for problems like:

premature (early) birth, stillbirth, low birth weight, and miscarriage
Learn more about quitting while pregnant.

Getting support
You can get information and suggestions on stopping smoking from your doctor.

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