When you inhale, these toxins are drawn into your lungs, through the porous lining of your lungs, and directly into your bloodstream. From your bloodstream, these chemicals are delivered to every cell of your body. In order for the cells of your body to be healthy they have to receive a steady supply of nourishment, but if what they are receiving are toxic chemicals instead of nourishment, the tissues and organs of your body will be weakened to the point where they will become very susceptible to disease.
The most likely disease that you will then develop is cancer. This is because cigarette smoke contains some of the most carcinogenic (cancer-causing) compounds known to man. Even though cigarette smoke is not the underlying cause of lung and other forms of cancers, it certainly is a major contributing factor.
You may have thought that cancer you develop as a result of smoking cigarettes will only be limited to your lungs, but that is not so, cancer can develop anywhere in your body. This occurs because all the cells in your body are affected by the carcinogenic compounds that are delivered through your bloodstream.
Cigarette smoke causes a great deal of harm to those who smoke, but it can cause even more harm to those who obtain this smoke second-hand. The person who smokes inhales his smoke through a filter that removes some of the toxic compounds, but the person who inhales the smoke coming directly from the cigarette does not have this advantage.
Children are especially vulnerable to second-hand smoke. Most of the time they do not have a choice as to whether or not they inhale these fumes, the adults around them make this decision for them. If you have children at home please keep the air that they breathe as pure as possible. Keep in mind the tremendous amount of harm that can be done by these toxic chemicals, and keep these chemicals away from your loved ones.
Your lungs may be the most affected by these toxins, but your heart is a very close second. Your heart has direct contact with all the blood in your body, and therefore, after your lungs, the cells of your heart will be the most susceptible.
Another very important item to consider is this, cigarette smoke is a major cause of free radical production in your body, and therefore can cause an endless number of diseases to develop, with heart disease being at the top of the list. Also, free radicals are proving to be responsible for causing your body to age.
Now you can see why cigarette smoke causes such an incredible amount of harm, and why the damage that it causes goes way beyond your lungs. Every cell of your body is affected by the toxins that are found in cigarette smoke.
For anyone who still smokes, I hope that this article has given you some added incentive to quit. The nicotine found in cigarettes is extremely addictive, and you may wish to consult your doctor or a natural healthcare professional to help you kick this deadly habit.
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