How Does Smoking Affect Your Lungs?

How does smoking affect your lungs? If you're worrying about it, that's a good sign. It means you might be thinking about quitting this filthy habit. It is filthy. Smokers smell, and so do their clothes. The smell clings to your hair, and leaves you with yellow teeth.  Kissing a smoker is truly like licking an ashtray. The social aspects are one thing, but the truth is if you continue to smoke, it's likely to kill you. Lung cancer is a particularly painful way to die.

Smoking affects all organs in your body, and it's quite damaging to your lungs. That's why smokers cough all the time. The American Cancer Society explains exactly how smoking affects your lungs and airways.  Did you know that cigarette smoke contains over 4,000 dangerous chemicals including arsenic and cyanide? "Smoking is the number one factor for getting lung cancer; it's responsible for 9 out of ten cases,"  explains the society.  In other words, lung cancer is preventable most of the time.

Exactly how does smoking affect your lungs? After the smoke enters your body, it travels to the lungs. There are tiny hairs in the lungs called Cilla. It is the Cilla's job to filter out the dirt, but the tar in cigarettes sticks to your lungs.  This, in turn, leads to an irritation to the lining of the lungs which causes the formation of mucus. That's where your cough comes from. In addition, another affect of smoking on the lungs is smoking makes the cells the make mucus grow bigger with time. This makes your airways narrow.

Eventually, the mucus will build up, and irreversible damage is caused. That's right. Irreversible. If  you don't get cancer or emphysema, you might have a stroke or a heart attack. Cigarettes aren't called coffin nails for nothing. Also, smoking decreases your lung capacity, so smokers get out of breath more quickly. Shortness of breath is a horrible feeling. 

If you don't quit for yourself, quit for your family. Especially if you have children, it's a bad idea to blow the deadly smoke all over the place. There is a reason that smoking is no longer allowed in most public places. A 2007 Gallup Poll shows that only 21% of adult Americans still smoke. That's the lowest in 60 years of polling. So now that you've learned how smoking affects your lungs, why don't you quit?  Join the majority of Americans who are smoke-free.

Of course it's not easy to quit. Nicotine is one of the most addictive substances there is. Your brain loves the dopamine that it gets just seven seconds after you take the first puff. The nicotine has the same affect in your brain as heroine and cocaine. Do yourself a favor. Quit smoking. The lungs you save may be your own.



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