Smoking Harms People of All Ages


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All of us are well aware of the act that smoking is harmful and we should quit smoking. But does that enlightenment really help you quit smoking for good? The answer is NO.

Nicotine enslaves us for the rest of our lives; we keep on kissing our enemy while it kills us slowly, day by day. While considering those who are trying to stop smoking, I have decided to give a dose of motivation to support their efforts.

Here go the doses….

  • There are approximately 4000 chemicals in cigarette smoke, many of them toxic.

  • The ingredients in cigarettes affect everything from the internal functioning of organs to the efficiency of the body's immune system.

  • Toxic ingredients in cigarette smoke travel throughout the body, causing damage in several different ways.

  • Nicotine reaches the brain within 10 seconds after smoke is inhaled. It has been found in every part of the body, even in breast milk.

  • Carbon monoxide binds to hemoglobin in red blood cells, preventing affected cells from carrying a full load of oxygen.

  • Cancer-causing agents (carcinogens) in tobacco smoke damage important genes that control the growth of cells, causing them to grow abnormally or to reproduce too rapidly.

  • The carcinogen benzo(a)pyrene binds to cells in the airways and major organs of smokers.

  • Smoking affects the function of the immune system and may increase the risk for respiratory and other infections.

  • One is oxidative stress that mutates DNA, promotes atherosclerosis, and leads to chronic lung injury.

  • Oxidative stress is thought to be the general mechanism behind the aging process, contributing to the development of cancer, cardiovascular disease, and COPD.

  • The body produces antioxidants to help repair damaged cells. Smokers have lower levels of antioxidants in their blood than do nonsmokers.

  • Smoking is associated with higher levels of chronic inflammation, another damaging process that may result in oxidative stress.

    Believing on the strength of truth, shall I take that you are convinced and motivated enough to stick to your quit smoking program? I hope you will remember these facts when nicotine craving kicks you next time. Even if they don’t help you…then the last hope would be Chantix medication! I hope I don’t need to elaborate on what is Chantix! Well let me give a short brief for the new beginners who have just joined our anti- smoking campaign. Chantix is an FDA approved anti-smoking medicine which helps to quit smoking easily, without falling in the pit of withdrawal symptoms………that should make it easy, isn’t it!!!

    The author, Monalisa Hyden, addresses issues related to the causes, consequences and treatment of smoking. For further tidbits on these topics, visit the website

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