BY MICHAEL FALADE
Compared to other creatures, the human body is very fragile. It can hardly survive ‘harshness’ when compared to creatures in the thick forest. Hence, the safety of the body must be of concern to everyone when subjecting it to unhealthy habits and addictions like SMOKING. It’s important to know what smoking does to the body before you decide whether or not to engage in the act.
There are no safe substances in any tobacco, from nitrogen oxides, hydrogen cyanide, tar to nicotine and carbon monoxide. These substances range in thousands and they all cause harm to the entire body, not just the lungs alone.
Smokers are associated with a kind of repulsive smell and most importantly, are liable to die young. The act of smoking results to dullness in the senses of smell and taste, making smokers lose appetite to eat and make eating and life generally, less enjoyable. Long term smoking tells on the teeth, changing the color from white to yellow or brown. The teeth are exposed to infection. It also changes the color of the finger and finger nails to yellow.
Smoking also increases the risk of eye problem such as cataracts and ‘macular degeneration’ (occurrence of a small yellowish spot in the middle of the retina that provides the greatest visual acuity and color perception). What smoking does to the body can sometimes end up becoming beyond repair.
Smoking causes respiratory problems. It increases the rate of bronchitis, especially in younger ones. Smoking also aggravates tuberculosis and pneumonia – lungs related issues – making them difficult to manage. Lung cancer is the most common source of death due to smoking. Smokers are put at high risk of developing lung cancer.
Aside lung disease, it also causes heart diseases. The immune system gets lowered, making it difficult for the body to fight infections. Effects of smoking to the body are both internal and external.
In women, the risk of developing cervical cancer increases and the tendency to enter early menopause increases. It increases the risk of miscarriage in pregnant women. Short-term and long-term fertility issues are also common challenges associated with smokers, in both men and women.
Erectile dysfunction is applicable to male smokers because smoking can constrict the blood vessels, slowing down blood flow, increasing clotting and making the process of erection difficult. Abnormal flow of blood can also lead to heart damage, stroke and a clot in the lungs (pulmonary embolism).
SMOKING DOES NO GOOD TO THE BODY. What smoking does to the body, aside its addictive spirit, is death. To be forewarned is to be forearmed! “Precaution they say, is better than cure…and better than death”, I would add.