Smoke that kills
A smoker can easily be identified in any group. Not only does he reek of stale
smoke, he also has bad breath, much to the dread of non-smokers. However, the
effects of smoking are far more insidious
than the offensive smell associated with smokers.
Cigarette smoke contains
many toxic substances like carbon monoxide, nicotine and carcinogens that not
only cause irreparable damage to the smoker, but also to those around him who
inhale the smoke.
Carbon monoxide reduces blood capacity to carry oxygen, thus causing fatigue
and panting even with the slightest physical exertion. The lack of oxygen in the
body acts as a catalyst that accelerates the
aging process, causing wrinkles.
Nicotine contained in cigarette smoke reduces the activity of the brain and
nervous system. It also raises the risk of high blood pressure. Nicotine causes
the contraction of blood vessels and decrease of blood supply. This ultimately
leads to heart attacks.
Smokers are at a higher risk of developing certain kinds of cancers because
cigarette smoke contains carcinogens. Long-time smokers often develop cancers of
the mouth, larynx and lungs.
Smoking not only endangers the smoker himself but also those who inhale
secondary smoke -- smoke exhaled y smokers. In view of the many dangers of
smoking, more smoking cessation programs should be introduced to smokers.