Craig Middleton en Health & fitness, Healthy Living 13/12/2016 · 2 min de lectura · +400

Short and Long Term Effects of Smoking Tobacco & How to Quit

Short and Long Term Effects of Smoking Tobacco & How to Quit

Tobacco is one of the most used addictive drugs. Nicotine is the chemical in this drug that causes addicted individuals to continue to smoke. They need a certain amount of nicotine per day to feel fulfilled. Other than nicotine, smokers inhale thousands of other chemicals, many of which are chemically active and trigger many adverse effects in their bodies. Individuals who finally quit feel privileged to get another chance to lead a happy life. Have a look at the short and long term effects of smoking here.

Short Term Effects

Weaker immune system

Smoking compromises the body’s ability to protect itself from infections and diseases. This increases the probability of smokers to have respiratory infections and doubles their risk of developing rheumatoid arthritis. Additionally, according to the American Lung Association, smokers are more prone to type 2 diabetes. And they are between 30 and 40 percent more likely to develop this disease than nonsmokers.

The skin looks older

Some chemical in tobacco smoke can change the structure of your skin. When this happens, your skin gets discolored, wrinkled, and ages prematurely. The skin on your fingers can turn yellowish as well.

Erectile dysfunction

When men smoke, their sexual function is affected. This often happens since tobacco causes the narrowing of blood vessels all over the body of smokers, including the blood vessels that supply blood to their penis. Quitting, however, can restore thing