Smoking is defined as the act of inhaling and exhaling the fumes of burning plant material.
Types Of Smoking:
Drug Paraphernalia Smoking
Cigarette Smoking is the most common form of smoking where tobacco is rolled into thin paper tubes, commonly referred to as cigarettes and then smoked.
Cigar is larger as compared to cigarettes and contain more tobacco as compared to cigarettes. Cigar smoking is the act of inhaling and enjoying the smoke which is produced by burning rolled bundles of dried and fermented tobacco leaves.
Smokeless tobacco is also known as chewing tobacco, dip, snuff or spit tobacco. These types of tobacco are not burned or inhaled like the cigarettes that are commonly used but are instead placed in the mouth or sniffed.
Drug Paraphernalia Smoking:
Drug paraphernalia refers to any equipment, product, or material that is used, intended for use, or designed for use in consuming, storing, or preparing controlled substances.
Effects Of Smoking On Health:
Whether smoked or chewed, tobacco is injurious to human health. Tobacco contains unsafe substances, from acetone and tar to nicotine and carbon monoxide. The substances that we inhale during smoking affect our lungs as well as our other organs in the body. Smoking causes cancer, heart disease, stroke, lung diseases, diabetes, and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), which includes emphysema and chronic bronchitis. Smoking also increases risk for tuberculosis, certain eye diseases, and problems of the immune system, including rheumatoid arthritis.
According to the American Lung Association, cigarettes contain about 600 ingredients and many of these are also available in cigars and hookahs and when these ingredients are burnt they generate more than 7000 chemicals many of which are toxic. At least 69 of them are carcinogenic, or known to cause cancer.
Smoking increases inflammation throughout the body and negatively affects our immune system. Smoking increases the risk of developing cancer almost anywhere in your body.
Smoking causes most lung cancers and can cause cancer almost anywhere on the body. This includes the lips, tongue, mouth, nose, oesophagus, throat, voice box, stomach, liver, kidney, pancreas, bladder, blood, cervix, vulva, penis and anus.
Types Of Cancer:
Stomach or gastric Cancer
Heart Disease, Stroke, And Blood Problems:
Smoking is a major cause of cardiovascular disease, such as heart disease and stroke. Smoking increases the risk of blood clots, which block blood flow to the heart, brain or legs. Some smokers end up having their limbs amputated due to blood circulation problems caused by smoking.
Breathing Problems And Chronic Respiratory Conditions:
Smoking is the main cause of chronic obstructive disease (COPD) , a serious , progressive and disabling condition that limits airflow in the lungs. Active smoking causes worse asthma in active smokers.
Osteoporosis And Menopause:
Smoking is a risk factor for osteoporosis and in women, may result in early menopause compared to a non-smoker.
Smoking damages the lungs very badly and also causes tissue loss. Damage to the respiratory system can also make you more susceptible to certain infections that affect the lungs, like tuberculosis and pneumonia, and increase the possibility of death from those illnesses.
Lung damage from smoking can cause lung disease or
Lung cancer. Smoking is the leading cause of lung cancer,
And people who smoke are 20 times more likely than non-smokers who are diagnosed with lung cancer.
Central Nervous System:
Nicotine reaches your brain in seconds and can energize
You for a while. It is one of the major reasons why it is difficult for people to quit smoking. Nicotine reaches your
Brain in seconds. But as the effect wears off, you may feel tired or crave more. Physical withdrawal from nicotine can impair your ability to think and make you feel negative emotions which include: