Effects of Smoking Cigarettes and Pipes

Pipe and cigar smokers often wave off worries that smoking is bad for their health. They claim their habit is harmless and perpetuate the common misperception that pipes and cigars are somehow safer than cigarettes. In reality, these tobacco products carry the same health risks — and sometimes even greater risks — than cigarettes, according to cdc.com.

According to webmd.com, over time smoking makes you ugly. For example, smoking dries the skin, leading to premature wrinkles, smokers often have a grey, wasted appearance, and also smoking can cause you to look 10-20 years older. Everyone knows that smoking can cause you to have lung cancer, and most likely to die, but what not everyone understands is that every system in the body is affected by smoking, including the heart and vascular system.

Most people don’t understand that when you smoke, within seconds, the poisonous toxins inhaled cigarette smoke enter the blood stream. Carbon monoxide makes up the bulk of gas found in the smoke of a lit cigarette, the same poisonous gas found in automotive exhaust. Cigarette smoke begins to cause damage to every organ of your body immediately. Your body also becomes addicted to the nicotine in tobacco quickly. According to betterhealth.com, the addictive elements of nicotine cause the overwhelming majority of smokers to fail at repeated attempts to quit smoking cigarettes.