Can smoking cause bladder problems?

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) released a study showing that half of all bladder cancers in both men and women can be prevented by not smoking. Smoking-related bladder cancers have been rising in incidence in women, which the NIH attributes to "greater prevalence of smoking among women."

A survey in Obstetrics & Gynecology showed that women who smoke are about three times more likely than non-smokers to suffer from intense feelings that they need to urinate (called "urinary urgency") and above-normal frequency of urination. These bladder symptoms, while not life-threatening, can nonetheless be bothersome. They can also disrupt sleep, and sleep deprivation has a range of negative effects on mood, energy, attention span, and your immune system.

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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 bloodstre...

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