Don't smoke, cigarettes are harmful, it causes cancer, heart attacks and strokes. This is warned by every medical professional you meet.

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We have heard a lot of information that tobacco is the main cause of cancer, stroke and cardiovascular disease. There have been many warnings about the types of products that may cause health risks such as cigarettes.

In fact, tobacco is not just a consumer product. Every time you smoke, you don't just load nicotine into your body, but hundreds of other toxic chemicals in tobacco leaves like pollutants and fertilizers are used to grow tobacco. Over time, the accumulation of these substances causes serious harm to organs. And unlike many things in life, moderation in smoking is not a cure.

Take benzene, for example, as an additive on the Ministry of Health's list of hazardous substances. It has many in cigarette smoke and takes more than 32 hours to completely clean from the human body. That means just one cigarette a day will accumulate this toxin in your body.

What does smoking do to your arteries?

Smoking is number one preventable cause of death. Its effect on heart attacks, peripheral vascular disease and stroke is due to the damage that smoking does to the arteries.
The most harmful chemicals in cigarettes are nicotine and carbon monoxide. Nicotine, besides being addictive, has a huge impact on arteries throughout the body. Nicotine is a stimulant, increasing your heart rate by 20 beats per minute with every cigarette. It increases blood pressure and is a dose of vasoconstrictor, which means that the arteries throughout the body become smaller. This makes it hard for the heart to pump blood through clogged arteries and release the body's stored fat and cholesterol into the blood.

Smoking accelerates the process of hardening and narrowing in the arteries. This process begins earlier and blood clots are two to four times more likely. Smoking reduces high density lipoprotein cholesterol levels and increases low density lipoprotein cholesterol levels. This means reducing the movement of cholesterol through the body and contributing to its accumulation in your arteries. This puts you at high risk of heart attack, stroke and limb loss.

Smoking increases the risk of blood clots significantly. If there is a blood clot in the artery and the blood can no longer get through, the tissue should be given blood that has lost the source of its oxygen and the nutrients will die in minutes. This can lead to heart attack, stroke and gangrene of the leg.

As usual smoking causes heart attacks and other life-threatening disease

Smoking effects on the brain

Smoking increases the risk of stroke by narrowing the arteries in the brain and carotid arteries in the neck leading to the brain. In addition, the vessels to the brain may be blocked by congestion or blood clots, which can lead to stroke and paralysis. If the blood vessels are completely blocked to a part of the brain, that part will die. Patients may lose their ability to speak, walk or move normally or depending on the part of the brain affected, stroke may be fatal.

Smoking and Peripheral Artery Disease (PAD)

All arteries are highly susceptible to the vasoconstriction effects of nicotine as well as an increase in blood clots and the risk of obstruction caused by smoking. Smoking is the main cause of most cases of peripheral artery disease and is an aggravating factor for people with other pre-existing conditions that cause blood circulation problems in the extremities.
Smoking can cause peripheral vascular disease (arteries that carry blood to the leg muscles and arms are narrowed).
When smokers suffer from peripheral arterial disease, they are more likely to suffer from foot pain when walking than non-smokers, facing necrosis, cut limb and cannot be treated.

Smoking effects on sexual function

For men in their 30s and 40s, smoking increases the risk of erectile dysfunction by about 50%. Smokers also have a double risk of impotence because tobacco can cause atherosclerosis in the penis to reduce blood flow - often called vascular impotence.
Statistics show that: 82-97% of men have impotence due to smoking blood vessels. Men who smoke for a long time, the risk of vascular impotence is higher, in those who are heavy smokers, the risk is even higher.
In addition to impotence due to atherosclerosis, smoking also leads to impotence due to vasoconstriction, which reduces the flow due to narrowing of the arteries. Just smoking 2 cigarettes, can cause acute arterial spasms.

Smoking and Aneurysms

Prior studies have shown that smoking can have dangerous affect on aneurysms. Smokers are more likely to develop aneurysms than non-smokers and these aneurysms are more likely to rupture. When these enlarged blood vessels rupture, internal bleeding can occur and can be fatal.

Quit smoking is recommened by every medical professional

What happens when you stop smoking?

Within 48 hours after stopping smoking, blood pressure will decrease, pulse rate drops, body and leg temperature will increase, the carbon monoxide level in the blood will return to normal, the oxygen level in the blood will increase to normal, the chance of having a heart attack decreases, nerve endings begin to regrow and the ability to taste and smell increased. In the first year after quitting smoking, circulation and lung functions increase and reduce coughing, sinus congestion and difficulty in breathing.

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