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Consequences of Smoking
Transcript of Consequences of Smoking
What Happens to My Body When I Quit Smoking?
Why is smoking cigarettes so bad for you?
Smoking cigarettes is responsible for various diseases including bladder cancer, kidney cancer, throat cancer, mouth cancer, lung cancer, and way more types of cancers that you wouldn't want to get. What causes smokers to have all of these diseases are the ingredients in the cigarette itself. There's about 600 ingredients in a cigarette and when burned, it releases about 4,000 chemicals. Out of all those chemicals, about 50 or more cause cancer.
"Pros" and Cons of Smoking
The bonding I experienced with other smokers.
The feeling of creating a ritual.
Watching the cigarette burn and watching the smoke swirl.
The after-smell on my clothes, furniture, car, house, everything. Yuck.
Not being able to breathe properly.
The constant nagging cough. All day, all night.
Lots of phlegm, lots of throat-clearing and losing my voice mid-sentence.
Painful heartburn every night and every time I drank coffee.
Feeling winded after extremely mild activity.
Severe throbbing headaches, occasional migraines.
Lingering colds and bronchitis.
Racing heartbeat, more sweating.
Increased rate of hypertension.
Dizziness after smoking too fast or [having] too many cigarettes.
Nausea from smoking too much.
The constant coppery, ashy taste in my mouth.
Yellow skin, teeth and fingernails.
Scaly, unhealthy-feeling skin.
Anxiety from the fear about what I was doing to myself and the consequences.
No relaxation, always feeling in need of something. A constant feeling of not being satisfied.
Mini-withdrawals throughout the day.
Feelings of shame while spending time with nonsmokers.
Not accomplishing tasks because of wasted time smoking.
The late-evening/middle-of-the-night trip to the gas station.
Going out in bad weather to smoke alone.
Feelings of inadequacy and substance dependence.
Driving my cat out of the room every time I lit up.
Dry mouth and constant feelings of thirst.
Coughing so hard that I made myself sick.
Trembling hands and fingertips.
Fear. Of being unable to quit, of dying an untimely, painful death.
The stinging feeling in my lungs when I tried to take a deeper or slower breath.
Getting smoke in my eyes.
Burning my lips on the filter.
Trying to light short butts and feeling my eyebrows singe. Ouch!
Re-lighting a previously torched cigarette, so I don't "waste" any tobacco.
Overflowing ashtrays, ashes and dust everywhere.
Burn holes in my car upholstery and on my clothes.
"Will I fall asleep smoking?"
"Will I catch something on fire?"
Dry, chapped lips.
The cost. All that money wasted on ruining my health and well-being.
My nails and hair grew very slowly.
Smoking fueled my compulsiveness relating to other bad habits, such as nail-biting and binge-eating.
Having to reapply my lipstick after smoking.
The filthy taste of cheap tobacco.
Having to crack the car window in the pouring rain. Wet leg, wet arm, water in my eyes.
Tar build-up on windows and furniture.
The way my hair and skin smelled.
Limited motivation and energy.
Spilled tobacco in my purse, on my dresser, on my computer desk.
Lighting the filter end by mistake...
Dropping a cigarette while driving.
Trying to tap my ashes out the car window ... while the window is rolled up.
Dropping hot ashes or losing the tip of a cigarette.
Oops! Tapped ashes in my drink.
Feeling "exiled" in the smoking section/smoking room.
Dulled sense of taste and smell.
What is this so called "Cigarette"?
A cigarette is a thin cylinder of finely cut tobacco rolled in paper for smoking. A cigarette may actually look very harmless because of its appearance, but in reality, it kills about 440,000 people every year in the U.S. but In the world, smoking cigarettes have caused about 6 million deaths! You have increased your risk of getting lung cancer by 25-30%! All of these deaths happen just because of one little tiny cigarette.
Acetone – found in nail polish remover
Acetic Acid – an ingredient in hair dye
Ammonia – a common household cleaner
Arsenic – used in rat poison
Benzene – found in rubber cement
Butane – used in lighter fluid
Cadmium – active component in battery acid
Carbon Monoxide – released in car exhaust fumes
Formaldehyde – embalming fluid
Hexamine – found in barbecue lighter fluid
Lead – used in batteries
Naphthalene – an ingredient in moth balls
Methanol – a main component in rocket fuel
Nicotine – used as insecticide
Tar – material for paving roads
Toluene - used to manufacture paint
First Few Hours
Blood pressure and pulse return to normal
Oxygen levels will have already returned to healthy levels
Carbon Monoxide has been removed from your body
Mucus and smoking debris will clear from your lungs, which makes breathing easier
There is no nicotine left in your body
Your senses of smell and taste will dramatically improve
You will become more energized and breathing will be way easier
Three to Five Months
Circulation will have improved
Coughing should have already cleared up
Lung function would have increased by about 10%
Risk of long-term disease begin to fall
The possibility of a heart attack is half that of someone who is still smoking