by admin · February 18, 2015
We all know that smoking is harmful to health, but these are a few not-so-known facts about the harmfulness of smoking:
- Smoking causes chronic cataracts – clouding, that develops in the eye lens or in the lining of the eye lens. Cataract is the main cause of blindness. Smoking damages the lens and increases the chance of getting cataracts. This applies to both active and passive smokers.
- Smoking increases the risk of diabetes – Active smokers are exposed to a high risk of developing diabetes. One study that lasted 50 years showed that with quitting smoking, this risk is reduced drastically.
- Lung cancer is not the only cancer caused by smoking, it causes cancer of the kidney, stomach, intestinal, uterine cancer, breast cancer and cancer of the nose and sinuses … Smoking also causes the return of cancer.
- Smoking affects the immune system, and causes inflammation and neurodegenerative diseases. Smokers are more susceptible to influenza and pneumonia. The chemicals in cigarettes damage the reaction of the immune system and reduce the level of antioxidants in the blood.
- Smoking affects the orofacial genetics in children – established that in the US 2,600 children are born with the condition. It is also confirmed that women who are active smokers have a higher risk of giving birth to children with orofacial problems, than non – smokers.