Someone has very rightfully said ‘rather than you smoking a cigarette, the cigarette is really smoking you’. Tobacco in any form is dangerous for health. There are around 4000 chemicals like tar, nicotine, acetone and carbon monoxide in tobacco that make it among the top 10 killing substances in the world. Out of which 60 substances present in it are potent carcinogenic agents.
All of us know that cigarette smoking is killing is harmful to health but what is it that still keeps the smoker put his lips at the other end of a burning fire and death. That’s an addiction to nicotine! Nicotine is a mood-altering drug or substance which can reach the brain in a matter of seconds and make the person boost up with a surge of energy. The flip side to it is that as the effects of nicotine start to wear off, it makes the smoker feel tired and crave for more nicotine. This is also one of the reasons why people find it difficult to quit smoking in spite of strong will power and determination.
As scary as it may sound, let’s have a look at the side effects of smoking on each and every organ system of our body.
- When one breathes, the tar present in tobacco smoke, deposits itself on the lungs, which makes it harder for the tiny hair like structures on the lungs to remove germs and particles from its surface. Other tobacco products can also cause respiratory discomfort and chest congestion. Smokers are also prone to infections and other lung conditions like emphysema (air sacs in the lungs where the exchange of gases takes place, gets destroyed), chronic bronchitis, and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).
- Passive smokers are also at a higher risk making them more susceptible to asthmatic attack, pneumonia etc.
- Smoking can cause many changes in the internal cell structure of the skin making it appear, dull, wrinkled and dry. Some studies have also revealed that smoking can increase the chances of skin cancer too. The chances of fungal nail infection affecting the nail bed also increases in smokers. Hair loss, balding, greying and lustreless tresses are some of the common effects of smoking on the hair.
- Hardening of blood vessels which restricts the blood flow can cause artery diseases over a period of time. Smoke builds up the bad cholesterol in the body. Some other effects of smoking are increase in blood clots, high blood pressure, weakening of blood vessels and high risk of stroke. Carbon monoxide gas in tobacco smoke reduces the amount of oxygen in the blood as it binds to the red blood cells instead of oxygen. It puts unnecessary stress on the heart as it needs to beat faster in order to supply blood to all the parts of the body.
- Nicotine is the main culprit which restricts the flow of blood to the genitals leading to decreased sexual performance, lower sexual desire and low production of sex hormones. Some women who smoke also experience early menopause. Pregnant women who are smokers have higher chances of abnormal foetal growth and still births. It is also a leading cause of impotency in men and osteoporosis as well as early menopause in women.
Smoking is a leading cause of different types of cancer especially lung cancer. The harmful chemicals in the tobacco smoke damage the cells in the lungs which in turn become malignant. Other types of cancers caused due to ling term smoking are that of the lips, bladder, stomach, kidney, throat, liver, cervix and breast.
Fukamin-A from Bagdara Farms is a miraculous product that can help not only in cleansing the system of all the damage done by smoking but also helps to control the cravings to catch hold of a cigarette. It is bottled with the richness of strong phytochemicals called curcumin and turmerone which act as a natural cleanser of the system.
- Owing to its anti inflammatory property, curcumin has the ability to suppress the activation of nuclear kappa factor B and certain genes that can progress into a cancerous growth.
- Nicotine causes a decrease in the antioxidant activity of the body and in the bargain, causes lipid peroxidation which is a precursor of a number of diseases. The antioxidant property of curcumin comes into action again and protects the lungs from nicotine induced toxicity.
- Curcumin can also prevent the development of many inflammatory diseases like COPD.
- The immunomodulatory action of curcumin and turmerone can protect the nearby organs from smoke induced toxicity.