The Harmful Effects of Smoking

Tobacco smoking is a common habit in our environment, people who have got into this habit hardly find it difficult to stop it, smoking as it were can seriously damage your health and more importantly your mental health and painful enough smoking can be harmful to non-smoker, these explain while we need to develop awareness on harmful effect of smoking, we believe as an NGO, the greater in awareness, the much better it will be to reduce the number of people smoking cigarette.

“Tobacco contains more than 4000 different chemicals that react with the body in several ways. The most harmful of the chemicals are nicotine, carbon monoxide and tar. Nicotine is an addictive drugs which affects the brain 7 to 8 seconds after it gets into the body system. It increases the body stream. It increase the blood pressure and changes the blood composition and metabolism. Carbon monoxide replaces about 15% of the oxygen carried to various parts of the body and affects growth, repair and prevents the absorption of important nutrients. It causes heart disease. 70% of the tar in each cigarette smoked is deposited in the lungs to protect itself from infection. Smoking related diseases are myriad as smoking affects virtually every organ of the body. Smokers have a great risk of illness, premature aging, and premature death compared to non-smokers. Female smokers also endanger their unborn babies when they are pregnant.

Passive smoking is breathing in another person’s cigarette smoke, and is just as dangerous as inhaling smoke directly from the cigarette. Smoking related diseases include those of the heart and blood vessels ( with sudden cardiac arrest and stroke), lungs ( infections), eyes (poor vision), womb (infertility), stomach (ulcers), and cancers ( lung, mouth, throat, nose, larynx, esophagus, pancreas, bladder, stomach, blood cells, lymph nodes, kidneys, etc.) Passive smoking may cause allergies and asthma. Smoking has inextricably linked to poverty. Those addicted to smoking can spend as much as 10% of their basic earnings on tobacco, hereby, having less to spend on their basic earnings on tobacco, thereby having less to spend on basic needs such as food, clothing, education and health care.”

Culled from: 2019 Disciple’s Lifestyle

Publication Department

Nigeria Baptist Convention.