May 31 of each year is World Health Day, a day to celebrate the effects of smoking on public health. The World Health Organization says at least 7 million people die each year as a result of smoking cigarettes.
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.
Smoking cigarettes will kill you, but before you die, you could experience some pretty terrible diseases and health conditions from smoking.
Here are some of the most gruesome diseases caused by smoking cigarettes.
1. Lung damage;
Smoking cigarettes affects lung health because a person breathes in not only nicotine but also a variety of additional chemicals.
2. Heart disease;
Smoking cigarettes can damage the heart, blood vessels, and blood cells.
3. Fertility problems;
Smoking cigarettes can damage a female’s reproductive system and make it more difficult to get pregnant. This may be because tobacco and the other chemicals in cigarettes affect hormone levels.
4. Weakened immune system;
Smoking cigarettes can weaken a person’s immune system, making them more susceptible to illness.
5. Vision problems;
Smoking cigarettes can cause eye problems, including a greater risk of cataracts and age-related macular degeneration.
Asthma is a chronic lung disease that makes it harder to move air in and out of your lungs—otherwise known as “breathing.” Because cigarette smoke irritates air passages, it can trigger sudden and severe asthma attacks.
COPD, which is one of the leading causes of death in the United States, includes both chronic bronchitis and emphysema (discussed below). Most people with COPD have both of these conditions, but the severity of each of them varies from person to person.
Other effects of smoking on the body;
Other effects of tobacco smoke on the body include:
A. Irritation and inflammation of the stomach and intestines
B. Increased risk of painful ulcers along the digestive tract
C. Reduced ability to smell and taste
D. Premature wrinkling of the skin