One thing I’ve encountered when consulting clients for personal training services is that more than half of them smoke which isn’t good. However even more disturbing is that some of them actually want to get in shape and keep smoking.
Perhaps the message still isn’t clear these day despite the warning labels on cigarettes, the multi-million dollar TRUTH ads, or the pictures and video of people in the hospital on their deathbeds. So I’ve decided to write this article to explain all the side effects of smoking and I will do it from head to toe.
Hair: Smoking will cause your hair to become dry and brittle. In addition it will cause partial or complete hair-loss due to the toxic chemical enlaced in cigarettes.
Eyes: The smoke from cigarettes can cause the eyelids to dry causing severe irritation and burning. This is especially prevalent to those who wear contact lenses.
Nose: Breathing capacity will be severely reduced and the smoke from the cigarette will cause the nose to increase production of mucus, thus resulting in a very watery nose drip that’s often mistaken for a cold.
Mouth: Smoking will cause your teeth to turn yellow enough to slow oncoming traffic. Tougue will develop a slimy yellow film on it as well. Damage to the gumline can also occur from continued use. Your breath will also have a very foul and rancid odor.
Neck: Severe damage to the windpipe. Emphysema is a respiratory disease onset from smoking and unfortunately a short-life solution is to drill a hole in your neck so you can breathe….barely
Lungs: Cigarettes will cause tar to coat the walls of your lungs severely cutting the capacity of air you can breathe. This bodypart is also were the killer disease “lung cancer” occurs. 90% of all lung cancer occurs from smoking
Stomach: Some of the smoke makes it way down to the stomach and the chemicals in cigarettes will interfere with the digestion of food causing heartburn. Ulcers can also occur from those same chemicals
Hips: Cigarettes cost more money these days due to high taxes so it will certainly loosen up the wallet quite a bit. This is the only occurance of actual weight loss that I’m aware of
Penis/Vagina: Smoking can cause impotence and lack of sexual desire. This occurs now on a more common basis as cigarettes are infused with more toxic chemicals to increase the addictive nature. These toxic chemicals including ammonia are most likely responsible for this
Legs: Smoking causes constriction of the blood vessels which in some causes will result in poor blood flow which will mainly affect the legs causing occasional cramps and pain.
Toes: Because smoking decreases the essentials nutrients in your body, that malnutrition will cause the toes to become thin and brittle.
Will all of these side effects occur in every smoker??? No, however even having one of these many side effects isn’t worth it. Smoking has no benefits whatsoever and will eventually cost you your life. So if you are currently smoking, I will suggest you to stop immediately.