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Smoking And It’s Effects to Your Body

Do you think smoking one cigarette is harmless? Think again! One cigarette is gone in 10 minutes of puffing. But that is 10 minutes of chaos because little do you know, at least 4000 harmful chemicals are about to infiltrate your vital organs.

First 10 seconds

As you take the first puff, smoke passes through your mouth leaving brown stains on your white teeth. Pernicious gases such as ammonia and formaldehyde can immediately put your immune system on guard as these gases can cause inflammation all over.

Once in the trachea, smoke will slow down your cilia. Cilia are tiny sweepers which clear your respiratory tract of fluids and foreign particles. On the other hand, nicotine which is the addictive agent in cigarettes enters the bloodstream through the capillaries.

Our body gets a sudden push of energy as nicotine reaches the adrenal glands. This triggers the release of too much adrenaline that can cause raise your blood pressure and speeds up your heart rate. Finally, your heart cannot rest in between beats putting you at risk of stroke.

While these are happening, carbon monoxide from smoke is beginning to accumulate in your bloodstreams slowing down the transport of oxygen to your vital organs.

When nicotine hits the brain via thru the bloodstream, the brain releases a substance called dopamine which is a neurotransmitter that aids in controlling the brain’s pleasure centers.

After 10 minutes

Dopamine quickly gets back to normal levels, and your body will be aching for another cigarette even if you are not aware of it. When you always give in to the smoke craving, chances are your brain will get hooked to it and you will feel withdrawal symptoms when you try to stop smoking.  Smoking can be very addictive according to some experts. It can be as addictive as heroin.

Lifetime Effects

Smoking will leave a sticky brown tar in your lungs and this can be the start of numerous health conditions.

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