How Does Smoking Affect your Body? Find Out
Nearly 12 percent of cardiovascular deaths worldwide occur due to tobacco abuse and secondhand smoking.
Nicotine and the toxic substances found in cigarette smoke have a huge impact on the detoxification process of the body. Nicotine as such does not damage a person's health - it is the tar and carbon monoxide from the cigarettes that can cause cancer, lung disease and coronary heart disease.
According to the World Health Organisation (WHO), smoking tobacco is globally the second leading cause of heart diseases after high blood pressure. Nearly 12 percent of cardiovascular deaths worldwide occur due to tobacco abuse and secondhand smoking.
If this wasn’t enough, smoking also affects the body's ability to absorb a variety of vitamins and minerals including calcium and vitamins C and D.
Smokers seem to have lower amounts of vitamins A, E, and C, the B-vitamin group and minerals such as selenium, zinc, copper, and iron.
Phew! That’s a lot of stress for the body. Do you know what else smoking does to your body? Take this FitQuiz to find out.
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Developed by: Achintya De and Shahadat Hussain
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