The effects of cigarette smoking can be horrifying. How would you like to have no control over your body? While you are in the hospital bed and no one can help you, you can blame it on smoking. 3,000,000 people die of smoking every year and it is growing. You can stop that "DON'T SMOKE-. Smoking is dangerous, not only to those who smoke; but to non-smokers and unborn children as well. Cigarette smoking is also physically and socially harming. While you are reading this paper you will be introduced to the diseases you can get, the chemicals in cigarettes, and the percentage of people who die of smoking (second hand, inhaling, etc.) .
The large particles in cigarette smoke, commonly known as "tar-, collect in the branching points of the lungs. The tar contains carcinogenic compounds that increase the risk of lung cancer. The small particles in cigarette smoke, including carcinogens, irritants, and corrosive chemicals, collect in the small air sacs in the lungs and damage them. These air sacs are where the blood absorbs oxygen from the air. When the small particles from the cigarette smoke are absorbed into the blood stream and transported to other parts of the body, they include a variety of diseases. .
The smoke from a burning cigarette is a mixture of hot gasses and different sized particles that fills the air with over 4000 chemicals, including 43 carcinogens and over 400 other toxins. One of the gasses emitted by cigarette is carbon monoxide, a colorless and odorless poison. By attaching to hemoglobin, the carbon monoxide lessens the blood's ability to carry oxygen. .
There are many effects of cigarette smoking on the actual smoker. They include lung cancer and other cancers, cardiovascular malfunctions, strokes, chronic bronchitis, and emphysema. Cigarette smoking may even lead to changes in the smoker's appearance such as early wrinkling and yellowing of their teeth. .
Heart disease and cardiovascular malfunctions are also major effects of cigarette smoking.