Cigarettes are ToxicTobacco 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.
CigarsCigar 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
CancerIn 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
StrokeSmoking 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.
AddictionWhen 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 EyesSmoking 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
CancerSmoking 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 ArteriesSmoking 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 DiseaseSmoking 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 LegsSmoking 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 - MalesMen 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.