Smoking has a wide variety of health effects and can affect just about every organ in the body. But one of the organs that is most directly affected is the lungs. This is maybe not surprising as this is the organ in direct contact with cigarette smoke.
The lungs are organs of respiration. They are designed to carry air that contains oxygen and pass this oxygen to the blood stream. Everybody has two lungs that are divided into lobes.
When somebody starts smoking this causes irritation of the cells lining the air tubes within the lungs (the bronchi and bronchioles). One of the body's basic responses to this is to produce mucus. This mucus can reduce the diameter of the airtubes making it more difficult to breathe. Have you heard of a 'smoker's cough'? This is when a smoker coughs up this mucus.
Smoking has the most harmful effects on the respiratory system. Smokers are 12 times more likely to get lung cancer than non-smokers. Also smokers who continue their habit for a long time can get Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease or COPD. This is one of the leading causes of death for smokers.
To avoid the harmful effects smoking has on your lungs and heart you absolutely need to quit smoking. The good news is that sooner you quit smoking the odds of getting smoking related diseases rapidly decrease. Even if you have been smoking for a long time your health will improve by quitting smoking.
You can increase your odds of kicking the habit with the assistance of a stop smoking program. You have many options but you may want to look into NLP. It is an all natural method to quit smoking, so you avoid the costs and side effects associated with medications. It is also very successful compared to a lot of other stop smoking methods at helping smokers to rid themselves of smoking and harmful smoking effects.
One of the gases in cigarette smoke is carbon monoxide. This gas interferes with the process of oxygenation of blood in the lungs. In fact if you inhale too much carbon monoxide you will suffocate and die. This gas is present in car exhaust fumes and is responsible for the deaths of many people each year using this as a form of suicide.
The air sacs in your lungs where oxygen is passed to the blood are called alveoli. These have a very large surface area - about the size of a tennis court. Every time that you smoke you kill some of these alveoli. These structures can't grow back, so once they are destroyed, that's it.
When you breathe in, harming toxins and chemicals are inhaled. If you are an occasional smoker, the lung care would be a simple thing for you as the cilia can do the work easily. But if you are a heavy smoker, many of the tiny cilia are damaged, and the cleaning process is affected.
Many people who have undergone a lung detoxification process find quitting smoking a lot easier because as their lungs becomes cleaner the body actually becomes quit averse top cigarette smoke, tar and nicotine as the respitory system once again remembers that these things are not just normal items to be found in your lungs but are foreign invaders!
Many smokers believe that they think better when they smoke. This is a deceptive feeling that is actually caused by a temporary euphoria brought on by the nicotine receptors in the brain.
The more one smokes the greater the chance of developing lung cancer. If you are a heavy smoker (a pack a day or more) your chances are even greater. However the sooner a smoker quits, their risk of developing cancer lessens. A few months after you quit smoking your circulation will start to improve and you will have more capacity in your lungs. This means you will feel fitter and be able to exercise more. You will be able to walk, jog of play sports without gasping for air.
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