Have you ever made a bad decision as a teenager? Smoking is considered one of the most dangerous habits of an individual, especially for women, children, and teenagers. It eventually leads to several complications and serious health problems. There are numerous harmful, as well as dangerous, effects related with smoking. Carbon monoxide and nicotine in cigarette smoke has been related to several adverse effects on the heart and lungs, especially in pregnant women.First of all, cigarette smoke raises blood pressure and ultimately there is a shortage of oxygen to the heart. Due to this hearts have to work diligently to keep up blood supply to the entire human body.
Moreover, smoking impacts the cardiovascular system of human beings which also becomes a cause of high blood pressure or hypertension (Shier 115). The effect of high blood pressure is heart related diseases. Smoking cigarettes affects our blood vessels, making them narrower, causing high blood pressure. Smoking has a significant effect on our circulatory system and it causes deterioration in the quality of blood and increases cholesterol levels, and at times, also creates clots in the heart. In addition to the effect of smoking on our cardiovascular system, it also effects our pulmonary system.Cigarettes contain carcinogens. That have been known to cause lung cancer.
Smoking in the United States is common among young teenagers and adults. As a result, an average of eight million African Americans suffer from lung diseases and cancer in the United States. In recent years the effect of smoking is targeting the young African American communities which causes chaos and violence. Smoking has a lot of negative effects and one of the effects is it will shorten your life span. The majority of scientists around the world agree that 90% of lung cancer could be stopped if people gave up their smoking habit. When some people want to get treatment or surgery, they are advised by their doctors not to smoke because they want to see the effect of treatment and not face any additional complication during the treatment (Wexler 2004, 2005).Smoking during pregnancy can cause a child to be born too early with a low birthweight and sometimes it causes the death of the child.
Some babies, when they are born too early or with a low birthweight will be kept in the hospital for a period of time for treatment. When pregnant moms smoke it not only hurts them and has negative effects on their bodies, it hurts their babies as well. However, if a mother decides to stop smoking right before or after the first trimester of her pregnancy it could prevent the child from being born too soon or with a low birthweight. According to the researchers a nonsmoking female will get pregnant sooner than a smoker, but if a smoker decides to quit smoking it will take her the same length of time as a nonsmoking female. In addition, it will help the mom to become healthier and will have positive side effects in the baby health as well (Alters 66).In conclusion, smoking can have serious negative effects on the human body. Primarily on the heart, lungs, and unborn babies.
Most people start smoking when they are in trouble or depressed. However, when they start smoking they do not think about the negative side effects, but when the time comes it is too late for some people. People are dying all around the world because of smoking cigarettes. If we do not take action millions of people will die and will be affected by cigarettes.Work CitedAlters, Sandra M., et al. “Tobacco—What it Is and What it Does.
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