Impact Of Nicotine Addiction On The Body

Impact Of Nicotine Addiction On The Body

Impact Of Nicotine Addiction On The Body
Nicotine addiction is just as strong as addiction to alcohol or cocaine, and it causes changes in the brain that make you crave nicotine even more. Once inhaled into the lungs through smoke, nicotine is absorbed into the bloodstream and carried throughout your body. Nicotine can affect the heart, blood vessels, hormones and brain function. Learn more from our experts about how to overcome it.

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    Absolutely.  It is hard to get emphysema without smoking or high particle addiction such as pollution or high particle exposure such as addiction to the same type of particles that smoking emits.
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    Yes.  The most predictable adverse effect of smoking or tobacco in general is it causes inflammation in your arteries, increasing your risk of heart disease, stroke, memory loss, peripheral vascular disease, impotence, and even wrinkles.  A wrinkle is no different than a heart attack or impotence, it is just different blood vessels affected.  The ones in your skin cause wrinkles, the ones in your penis cause impotence, and the ones in your heart cause heart attacks, and the ones in your brain, memory loss.

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    Whether your voice goes back to normal after you quit smoking depends on how damaged your vocal cords are. Many changes, such as hoarseness due to dryness and inflammation, should be reversible. Once you quit smoking, the air and blood flow to your vocal cords will normalize and you should begin to sound like normal. To help things along, drink plenty of water to keep your vocal cords moist.

    If you developed polyps, lesions or tumors on your vocal cords, you should see a doctor who specializes in ear, nose and throat care. You may need to have the tumors removed before your voice will change back to the way it was.
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    Nicotine causes dopamine release in the brain.  Now, nicotine is not that bad of and by itself, except it addicts you to it and a lot of pleasure symptoms go through dopamine release.  Sugar release is dopamine, sex release is dopamine, heroin release is dopamine, and nicotine from cigarettes does too.  The real problem is that once you are addicted to it, you go with the other things that are bad in cigarettes just because you need the nicotine.  That causes inflammation in your arteries, inflammation in your immune system leading to increased risk of heart disease, memory loss,  impotence, wrinkles, and leading to increased risk of many cancers, not just lung cancer.

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    Yes. Smoking causes aging of your arteries which causes wrinkles. You get most of that back when you quit because the smooth inside lining of your arteries called the endothelium regenerates quickly producing much of the substances which allow you to dilate your blood vessels which gets rid of those temporary wrinkles. Some of the wrinkles where permanent damage has been done will not go away.

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    Smoking shortens your life span in multiple studies, now over 16, by between 8 and 13 years.  Worse, though, is that it increases your years of disability between 12 and 18 years.

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    One of the most important modifiable risk factors for heart disease is smoking. If you smoke and want to reduce your risk factors for heart disease, quit now. Switching to low tar cigarettes or chewing tobacco does not reduce your risk. All tobacco products contain nicotine, a powerful stimulant that increases heart rate and blood pressure while damaging the arteries. Also, the carbon monoxide in cigarette smoke decreases the amount of vital oxygen available in the bloodstream for use by the heart.
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    Unfortunately, when you smoke, the dangers posed by smoking interact with other potential health problems, causing your odds of an event occurring to increase exponentially. For example, if you come from a family with a history of heart and arterial disease and you smoke, you have fifteen times the risk of heart attack as someone from the same family who does not. Similarly, if you have high cholesterol and you smoke, you have a risk level of thirty-five times of a heart attack as someone with high cholesterol who does not. Alcohol and cigarettes are another deadly combination: People who drink alcohol and smoke are at much higher risk of mouth, throat, and liver cancers than people who do either one or the other. Alcohol causes the body to make enzymes that metabolize tobacco smoke into highly carcinogenic substances.
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    It directly impedes your immune system so it might lessen allergies.  The problem is, it affects your lungs, making breathing tougher so it seems like your allergies are worse.

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    When you smoke, the carbon monoxide levels in your body will remain between 4 percent and 8 percent, while the normal amount of CO in a person's blood is around zero to parts per million.

    The short-term effect of smoking is that your heart rate goes faster and you feel shortness of breath.

    Carbon monoxide in the blood leads to the buildup of fat on the walls of your arteries, narrowing the arteries and decreasing the flow of blood. This is known as atherosclerosis, which is a leading cause of heart disease.