Smoking is a no go. If you plan to age well. You can’t smoke! You just can’t! Smoking is by far the worst thing someone could do to harm their body and causes the most damage to their health. Again, I keep ending my blogs with the phrase, remember the healthier you are, the younger you’ll look. It’s true. You need to be healthy on the inside to show this outwardly in your appearance, from your hair down to your toe nails.
So lets get to the butt of this…
Cigarette smoke contains thousands (over 7000) of chemicals which are poisonous and toxic to all the organs in the body. 250 of the chemicals in smoke cause cancer and other harmful effects to the body. In fact some of the chemicals found in toilet bowl cleaners, rat poison and formaldehyde are also found in cigarette smoke. They contain nicotine which is not carcinogenic but it is highly addictive just like cocaine and heroin. Thus making it hard to quit smoking. It is a fast acting drug that reaches your brain within 15 seconds of inhaling smoke. It gives smokers that fast ‘“fix”.
Cigarette smoke also contains tar. Tar is what gives smoker the stained teeth and stained fingernails. So if you can see what it does to their teeth and finger pads; now imagine the smokers lung. That’s right brown tar residue in lungs. 70% of the tar smokers inhale remain in lungs. Keep in mind the lungs is what filters our blood from heart with fresh oxygen to pump back into the body to nourish all the cells and tissues.
Cigarette smoke also has carbon monoxide. In our homes we have carbon monoxide detectors to alarm us when there are toxic levels so we don’t ingest the vapours. Smokers are inhaling this poisonous gas into their lungs and subsequently their bodies via the bloodstream. each time they smoke. Other harmful substances in smoke include: arsenic, benzene, cadmium, chromium, and nickel.
Smoking ages the skin; it increases risk of and speeds up the development of unwanted wrinkles. Makes skin dull, and saggy looking. It makes you stink. Your breath, your hair plus stains finger pads and teeth.
It increases risk of developing cancers. Smokers are 20 times more likely to develop lung cancer versus non-smokers. They are also more likely to have heart attacks, strokes as well as have complications from surgeries versus non-smokers. They are more likely to have peripheral vascular disease.
Smoking may also lead to infertility problems, as well as in pregnant women may cause preterm labour. low birth weight babies, and increase risk of stillbirth.
For children who are exposed to secondhand smoke from their parents are more likely to develop asthma and asthma exacerbations as well as to ear infections. Infants are more likely to die from Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) whose parents are smokers.
Those who smoke are likely to die about 12 to 13 years sooner than non-smokers.
So what is the lesson? If you want to look as young as possible for as long as possible. Don’t smoke.
Remember the healthier you are, the younger you’ll look.
🙂References: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (2013) National Cancer Institute (2011). Harms of smoking and health benefits of quitting. Why smoking is bad for you (2011). www.medicalnewstoday.com