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The Effects of Smoking On Health

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THE EFFECTS OF SMOKING ON HEALTH Smoking is the act of inhaling the fumes of burning substances. It used to be men who mainly smoked pipes and cigars which involve little inhalation. Now a days the amount of young women and children smoking is on the increase although the overall amount of people who smoke is declining in most countries. There are thought to be around 4000 different chemical in a cigarette, many are toxic and 43 of them are carcinogens. The main substances in a cigarette are tar, carbon monoxide and nicotine. It is these three substances which cause the greatest threat to health causing damage to either the gaseous exchange or the cardiovascular system. Tar is dangerous because it settles on the lining of the airways in the lungs. In the 1950's it was found to cause changes that can cause lung cancer and lung disease. Lung disease causes the sufferer difficulty in breathing. This is caused by tiny particles settling in the depths of the lungs. These particles make the lungs more susceptible to air borne infections, such as pneumonia, influenza and allergic reactions. If these become very bad they can trigger asthma attacks and server coughing which causes damage to the alveoli. ...read more.


The tumour grows for round 20 or 30 years before the patient sees any symptoms, which is likely to be coughing up blood. By this time it is too late to cure the cancer as it has most likely spread to other parts of the body. Treatment can be given to prolong the life of the patient. Carbon dioxide is dangerous because it diffuses into the blood stream through the alveoli. It then diffuses into the red blood cells where it combines with the haemoglobin. This stops the haemoglobin from being fully oxygenated and limits the amount of oxygen it can carry to other parts of the body. Less oxygen is supplied to the heart muscles which puts strain on it. Carbon monoxide also causes damage to the lining of the arteries. Nicotine is the addictive substance in a cigarette. It is a drug that is absorbed quickly into the blood stream. It travels quickly to the brain where is stimulates the nervous system. It tells the nervous system to decrease the diameter of the arteries and release the hormone, adrenaline. This causes the heart rate to increase and decreases the supply of blood to the hands and feet. Nicotine also increases the risk of blood clotting because it increases the platelets "stickiness". ...read more.


There are three types of heart disease the first is Angina pectoris. This causes sever chest pains when exercising and is caused by the shortage of blood getting to the heart muscles. This does not cause any damage to the heart tissue. The second type of heart disease is a heart attack known as myocardial infarction when part of the coronary artery is obstructed by a blood clot. Part of the heart is then starved of oxygen and dies. This causes sudden server chest pains. A heart attack can be fatal if not treated immediately. The third type of heart disease is heart failure caused by a blockage of the main coronary artery. This weakens the heart muscle slowly and eventually it fails to pump efficiently. A stroke is another kind of heart disease caused by an artery in the brain to burst and leaks into the brain tissue or (most commonly) when a blockage is caused in the artery of the brain by a thrombosis. The brain tissue is starved or oxygen and nutrients because of the blockage and become damaged or die. Depending on the length of time the brain is starved on oxygen depends on how server the effects are. In the most server cases people may die, but it can also cause server disabilities including the use of limbs, their memory or the loss of ability to speak. Some of these effects can be treated or the brain naturally repairs its self. ...read more.

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