I think this pretty much sums it up from all aspects of the body...
Have a great Sunday.
A Puff full of Poison
Besides the lungs, other sites where cigarettes exert a carcinogenic effect include: mouth, lip,
tongue, larynx, pharynx, and esophagus. In addition, cigarettes contribute to cancers of the kidney,
bladder, pancreas and stomach.
Besides these effects, smoking is the main cause of chronic respiratory lung diseases such
as Chronic obstructive pulmonary diseases (COPD). COPD, such as emphysema and chronic
bronchitis, are major cripplers caused by cigarette smoking. While emphysema is not as
deadly as lung cancer, patients with it often envy patients with cancer. People with lung
cancer will usually die within six months of diagnosis. Patients with advanced stages of
emphysema are permanently crippled, but it may take years for them to die from it. In its
later stages, emphysema is a living hell.
Some smokers come into our clinics wondering if they need to quit smoking. They claim to
feel fine. No symptoms of any diseases are yet obvious. Even their doctors say they
appear normal. Unfortunately, the first sign of some of the smoking related illnesses is
sudden death. This is not a preferrable time to consider smoking cessation. The best
time to quit to maintain the optimal benefits from not smoking is when you are alive and
relatively healthy. If you are off cigarettes now, stay off. Your risk of all of the
smoking related illnesses will eventually drop down to that of a non-smoker. They can
still happen, but it is much less likely. If you currently smoke you will destroy more
tissue and cause more damage and irritation every day you smoke.
We only have one body and one life. Some people feel they should have a choice to do the
most with the time they have, so they should eat, drink, smoke and be merry. These people
are partially correct. We should have the choice of what we can do to obtain the most fun
and fulfilling life. But going through a long crippling period, followed by a long
lingering death is not the best utilization of time. It is not fun. Consider all of the
risks in comparison to the momentary pleasures the minority of your cigarettes brought you.
Give yourself a chance for a long, productive and happy life. When things get rough and you
feel like you want a cigarette, just take it one day at a time. You can always go out and
buy cigarettes tomorrow. You cannot go out and buy health. I guess that is why it is said
that "The best things in life are free." Stay free and if enslaved time to break free.