Let me warn you ahead, this is likely going to be a long post, but if you are patient with me, you will be glad you followed to the end.
This hopefully will be a thread we all find educative.
It’s essentially a narrow cylinder containing mostly tobacco that has been rolled into a thin paper primarily for smoking. The product is then sprayed with nicotine gotten from tobacco scraps.
That’s the simplest way to define it.
The substances you inhale don’t just affect your lungs. They ruin the whole body.
It is said that 1 person dies every 6seconds worldwide.
America reports that cigarettes is the LEADING cause of avoidable deaths, killing about 480,000 people every year.
UK reports 100,000 deaths due to cigarettes.
what do you really think are our chances in Nigeria?
Tobacco smoke is incredibly harmful to your health. There’s NO safe way to smoke. Replacing your cigarette with a cigar, pipe, shisha or hookah WILL NOT help you avoid the many confirmed health complications.
So all u need is to take six packs to cut your life short by one day.
And many people do this without knowing.
And over 50 of these are known to cause cancer.
This is why it is quite difficult to stop smoking once you start, because the nicotine is a stimulant which gives a feel-good feeling that the brain then demands for more of.
Hence the addiction.
He’s not trying to be warm, the place is warm already.
He’s simply addicted to smoking and he won’t feel alright until and unless he smokes.
They have 25 times more risk of developing lung cancer ahead of non smokers.
#CigaretteSmoking has too many demerits that it’s an habit not to ever try at all.
This can cause high blood pressure, clot formation in the brain or chest, strokes and long term disability, heart attack and a sudden “seemingly unexplainable” death.
This is no jokes.
#CigaretteSmoking is known to cause long term nonreversible problems:
-emphysema, the destruction of the air sacs
-chronic bronchitis, permanent inflammation of the airway lining
-chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)
-lung cancer (90% of cases)
#CigaretteSmoking can also worsen or prolong the symptoms of a person who already has chest problems such as asthma, or respiratory tract infections such as the common cold.
You just notice that for you a “simple catarrh” always becomes a serious problem.
It can cause cancer almost anywhere in your body 😢 😢
Colon and rectum
Oropharynx (includes parts of the throat, tongue, soft palate, and the tonsils)
As a matter of fact, the CDC says
“If nobody smoked, one of every three cancer deaths in the United States would not happen”
It’s that serious.
Smoking can make it harder for a woman to become pregnant.
It can also negatively affect her baby’s health during pregnancy and after birth.
Many used their smoking to ruin innocent unborn babies.
-Preterm (early) delivery
-Stillbirth (death of the baby before birth)
-Low birth weight (tiny baby)
-Ectopic pregnancy (a potentially life threatening condition where pregnancy is outside the womb)
Why should a pregnant woman ever smoke?
Why do something that will only end up ruining your health and destroying an innocent unborn child?
These are all things to think of.
#CigaretteSmoking increases the risk of developing
Squamous Cell Carcinoma (skin cancer),
Fungal nail infection,
Loss of hair.
Nicotine affects blood flow to the genitals of men and women. For men, this can decrease sexual performance. For women, this can cause sexual disappointment by decreasing lubrication and the ability to reach orgasm.
So those guys who say “My pull out game is on point 💯 “
Well, maybe you were just shooting blanks all the time 🤔
Have you thought of that possibility, bruv?
Weak tooth and gums
Just overall decline in general health
The bottom line is that smoking is a very unhealthy and dangerous habit in almost every way you look at it.
If you QUIT (not reduce) smoking, your risks for all these medical problems begins to drop significantly.
And generally, the longer you stayed OFF cigarettes, the better for you. For instance within 2-5 years of quitting, risk of stroke drops hugely.
There are different treatment options.
The best treatment for you will depend on your personal preference, your age, whether you're pregnant or breastfeeding and any medical conditions you have.
Best bet is to speak with a doctor or your GP.
There are Smoking Cessation Clinics and Support Groups which are generally quite helpful.
(Not sure if we have in Nigeria though)
It won’t be easy.
But it is worth it.
Thanks for reading.
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Let’s get the message out.
We can have a better and a healthier world, if we all do the little we can, from our little corners round the globe.
Have a great day ahead.