Video: What happens to your lungs after smoking one Cigarette
Regardless of whether you are a smoker or not, you must have understood that smoking is very dangerous to your health. You need not be a health professional to know that.
Watch the below video to see what happens to your body just at the consumption of one stick of cigarette.
It’s a common knowledge that each cigarette you smoke shortens your life span by 11 minutes. Studies have proven that smoking triggers immediate changes as we smoke a single cigarette, from a rise in blood pressure to a change in the gases in the blood stream.
One may look at the ephemeral, seeming positive effect of smoking like stimulation of pleasing and enjoyable emotions. Some smokers claim that it assists in boosting their mood and reduces minor depression and anger etc. This studies have shown, is because cigarette contain substance that has addictive effects like nicotine which stimulates dopamine in the brain; an element which causes pleasurable sensations.
Regardless of the above pleasures one derives from smoking, it comes with devastating health effects
However, the more you smoke, the more your nerve cells become immune to the pleasure brought on by smoking. As a result, smokers tend to increase their intake of nicotine to get that desirable feeling from smoking.
A report has it that, as soon as a person breathes in the toxic mixture of chemicals in cigarette smoke, the delicate lining of the lungs becomes inflamed.
Tobacco smoke contains more than 7,000 chemicals, compounds and carcinogens, hundreds of which are toxic and about 70 of the chemicals are known to cause cancer. Even a brief exposure to secondhand smoke can also cause cardiovascular diseas and can trigger acute heart attack.
Here’s what happens when we smoke a cigarette:
- Although we may feel more relaxed as we smoke, our blood pressure and heart rate both increase, the heart pumps differently, and the blood flow to the capillaries decreases.
- Blood carbon monoxide levels increase. “Carbon monoxide takes the place of oxygen in some of your red blood cells, and it sticks on to the red cells for days, preventing oxygen from being carried by these cells”, warns Currow.
- Other changes happen in our airways: the little finger-like cilia which keep airways clear of phlegm are ‘stunned’ by chemicals in the smoke and tiny muscles in our airways contract, constricting them.
- There are also measurable changes in the immune system.
Studies have linked light smoking to a host of other illnesses: cataracts, reduced fertility, an increased risk of an ectopic pregnancy (where the pregnancy develops outside the uterus) and weak bones.
According to ABC Health and Well Being, Medical experts are convinced that the only safe strategy is not to smoke at all. The good news is that as soon as we stop smoking our body starts recovering.
Within 12 hours of our final cigarette, blood carbon monoxide levels are much lower, and a year later our risk of coronary heart disease will be half what it was as a smoker.
If we quit before the age of 35, our life expectancy will be much the same as someone who has never smoked. But whatever age you are, there are a myriad of benefits to be had in quitting. What are you waiting for?
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