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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    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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    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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    Tobacco - smoking lung cancer

    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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    A , Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease), answered
    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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    Studies have also shown a strong association between smoking during pregnancy and the risk of invasive meningitis during early childhood. The risk of bacterial meningitis is five times higher among children whose mothers smoked during pregnancy. In addition to other severe health problems, childhood meningitis can cause inflammation of the cornea and pink eye.
    Smoking during pregnancy is also associated with low birth weight and premature birth. Also, oxygen therapy given to sustain the lives of premature infants can cause retinopathy of prematurity, leading to permanent vision loss or blindness.
    There are resources to help you quit smoking
    There are numerous community organizations committed to helping people quit smoking. The American Cancer Society (ACS) offers smoking cessation classes around the United States. Contact ACS at 800.ACS.2345 or online at www.cancer.org to find a chapter near you.
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    Dr. Robin Miller - smoking affects heart

    Smoking is terrible for heart health, but does it affect the sexes in the same way? In this video, Dr. Robin Miller reveals which gender is more at risk for heart disease due to smoking.


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    A , Oncology, answered
    Yes. Smoking causes an increased risk of macular degeneration, one of the most common causes of blindness in older people. It also causes premature wrinkling of the skin, bad breath, gum and tooth problems, bad-smelling clothes and hair, and yellow fingernails.
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    Many studies have shown that the combination of smoking and asbestos exposure is particularly hazardous. Smokers who are also exposed to asbestos have a risk of developing lung cancer that is greater than the individual risks from asbestos and smoking added together. There is evidence that quitting smoking will reduce the risk of lung cancer among asbestos-exposed workers. Smoking combined with asbestos exposure does not appear to increase the risk of mesothelioma. However, people who were exposed to asbestos on the job at any time during their life or who suspect they may have been exposed should not smoke.

    This answer is based on source information from the National Cancer Institute.

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    Side effects of suddenly stopping nicotine intake are that you want to smoke or get more nicotine.  The patch, lozenge are much better than cigarettes because the cigarette or smoking gives you an inflammatory response in your lungs and esophagus, which causes real problems towards cancer.  Nicotine in a pill or patch are much safer than all the other hydrocarbons that you get.  The other side effects, in addition to really craving one, are that you may get your taste back and you may want to eat more, so that is why you should exercise, do walking, and weightlifting when you quit, or before you quit and into the quitting phase.  Other side effects are that you may actually restore sexual pleasure and sexual function.  That we consider a good thing.
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    Cigarette Smoke


    Let me begin by saying that smoking is one of the most addictive and most destructive things you can do to the human body. There is absolutely no benefit from this life threatening habit. According to the American Lung association some damages associated with smoking is as follows.

    • Cigarettes cause cancer. Smoking is the number one cause of deaths due to lung cancer, emphysema, and other serious diseases.
    • For every person who dies of smoking-related illness, 20 more suffer from a chronic disease due to smoking.
    • Smoking doesn't just hurt you. Second-hand smoke from your cigarettes is a serious danger to your children, family, and friends.
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