Smoking Effects

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Toxic poison in cigarette smoke damages the lungs, heart and brain. These dangerous chemicals cause:

  • Lung cancer
  • Cancer of the mouth
  • Pancreatic cancer
  • Bladder cancer
  • Emphysema—a lung disease
  • Bronchitis—inflammation of air passages to the lungs
  • Heart disease
  • Heart attacks
  • Strokes—interruption of blood flow to the brain
  • Kidney and liver damage

Other health problems from smoking are:

  • Gum disease
  • Tooth decay
  • Yellow staining of teeth
  • Hearing and vision loss
  • Arthritis—joint damage
  • Chronic coughing
  • Asthma—restricted breathing
  • Painful ulcers in the stomach and small intestine
  • Heartburn
  • Diarrhea
  • Decreased blood flow in fingers and toes
  • Bad breath
  • Wrinkled skin