The Harmful Effects of Smoking

Most of us are (familiar with) aware of the popular quote “smokers are liable to die young”. The truth is that most people who smoke have refused to believe this famous quote which is written on the packs of their cigarette is true.  They find solace in older people who are still alive and are smokers. Most people have lost friends and families to various diseases which is often linked back to smoking.

These days, various things are being smoked. Ranging from cigarette to marijuana to various kinds of mixtures rapped up by addicts.


Here are some of the harmful effects you should know about smoking;

Also, from the famous saying, “what is good is good, and what is bad is bad”, smoking is obviously dangerous and harmful to the health.

Cancer – Smoking till today, has been known to be one of the most prevalent causes of cancer. About 9 out of 10 lung cancers are being caused by smoking. Cigarette smoke contains carcinogens – cancer-causing substances, which when inhaled, affects the body negatively in unnoticeable bits. However, change in the lung tissue begins almost immediately.

Mouth Odour – Mouth odour as a result of smoking is also known as smoker’s breath. The smell of a freshly smoked cigarette can linger in the lungs for hours, hence the stale scent associated with smoker’s breath. The chemicals in tobacco smoke can remains in the mouth after smoking, thus leading to a host of secondary causes of bad breath.

Tooth Decay


Gum diseases and all forms of tooth decays can be caused by smoking. Smoking destroys soft tissues and bone that anchor the teeth to the jawbones. Residuals of smokes forms bacterias and these bacterias grow in the dental plaque that forms in the pockets around your teeth, thus leading to tooth decay.

Black Lips and Fingers


Excessive smoking often causes black lips and black fingers on an individual. These are associated with most people who smoke, as hardly you would find a non-smoker with both black fingers and lips. The residuals of the smoke often tend to colour mostly the lips and the fingers of that individual, thus making such individual having a non-presentable appearance.

Trigger for most diseases – Most people die from lung cancer than any other type of cancer. However, asides cancer, smoking triggers certain diseases which could also be life threatening. Diseases such as asthma, diabetes, heart diseases, COPD, stroke, reproductive effects in women (which could lead to premature and low weight babies during pregnancy), and macular degeneration are few of the diseases that could be triggered by smoking.

Mental related issues


Smoking has been known to be a common cause of mental issues in our society. The smoking of marijuana and other harmful substances have been linked to neuro-psychiatric issues in our world today. These substances are tough on our brains and could affect us negatively.



Smoking is very harmful and dangerous to the health. However, most smokers would give you reasons why they smoke; some for pleasure, others for self-esteem boosting and the likes. Weighing the effects against attaining a healthy lifestyle, it is advised that individual controls the rate at which he/she smokes or stops for good.