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Cigarettes are Toxic

Tobacco smoke is a complex mixture of toxic chemicals such as nitrosamines and benzopyrenes (which contribute directly to the formation of cancer in smokers) and carbon monoxide (which reduces the ability of blood to carry oxygen). These harmful substances can reach your brain, heart and other organs within 10 seconds of the first puff.

Cigars

Cigar smoke contains high concentrations of toxins and irritants, Taking in this toxic mix can damage the body's cells, resulting in many diseases including cancer, heart disease and respiratory disease. Smoking cigars is not a safe alternative to smoking cigarettes.

Effects on the Body

Cancer

In Australia in 2003, smoking cased 7,727 deaths from cancer, an estimated 1 in 5 of all cancer deaths. Smoking is a cause of cancers of the lung, larynx (Voice box) pharynx (throat), oral cavities, oesophagus, bladder, kidney, pancreas, stomach, cervix and the blood.

Effects on the Brain

Stroke

Smoking narrow the arteries to your brain, causing them to become blocked. This causes a stroke that can result in permanent paralysis, inability to speak, disability or death.

Addiction

When you smoke you inhale the drug nicotine, In a short time you can find it difficult to control how much you smoke or to quit smoking. Many people don't realise they are dependent on tobacco until they try to quit. Even lifelong smokers CAN and do quite.

Effects on Eyes

Smoking causes irreversible damage to the back of the eye. This is known as macular degeneration. central vision is lost, blindness may follow.

Effects on Mouth

Cancer

Smoking is the major cause of cancers affecting the mouth and throat. These cancers can result in extensive surgery, problems in eating and swallowing, speech problems and permanent disfigurement.

Effects on the Heart

Clogged Arteries

Smoking narrows your arteries, causing them to become clogged and can lead to heart attack, stroke, peripheral vascular disease, gangrene of the feet and impotence

Heart Disease

Smoking narrows the arteries to your heart, causing them to become blocked. This can cause heart attacks and death. sSmoking can double your risk of dying from a heart attack.

Effects on Feet and Legs

Smoking damages your blood vessels, which can prevent blood circulation, particularly to your legs or feet. This can result in blood clots, infections, gangrene, even amputation.

Effects on the reproductive organs - Males

Men who smoke have a significantly higher risk of developing impotence (erectile dysfunction) than non-smokers. This risk increase as the number of cigarettes smoked increase.
Smoking may also affect the quality of sperm, decrease the sperm count and reduce the volume of semen.

Effects on the reproductive organs - Females

Harms unborn babies

Smoking during pregnancy reduces the flow of blood in the placenta and limits the oxygen and nutrients that reach the growing baby. This increases the risk of miscarriage, stillbirth, premature birth, complications during birth or the baby having a smaller brain and body.

Female Reproduction

Smoking can cause problems at virtually every stage of the reproductive process. Women who smoke are more likely to have difficulty conceiving, may not responds as well to treatment for infertility, experience earlier menopause and have an increased risk of cervical and vulval cancers.

Other Effects

Smoking causes bad breath, stained teeth, and decreased ability to taste. Smoking greatly increases the risk of periodontal disease and the resulting loss of teeth, impairs healing after oral surgery, decreases the likelihood that dental implants will be successful and cases oral cancers.

Smoking Kills

Smoking causes more death than murder, illegal drugs, motor vehicle accidents and alcohol combined. Smokers not only live shorter lives, they also live more years with disabling health problems.