Examples of some tobacco-borne diseases

The act of smoking consists in encouraging the combustion of a substance (tobacco, marijuana, opium, etc.) in order to inhale the smoke produced, because only through this process is its compounds, such as nicotine, released or activated, in the case of tobacco.

According to some historians, this activity has been recorded since the 2nd century BC, at which point different cultures – especially in India and Africa – practiced it. However, tobacco was smoked only in America by its native inhabitants, with the process of European conquest being the one that managed to take it to Europe – and hence the world – giving the old continent a novel social practice.

However, four centuries later, in the mid-19th century, science began to suspect the direct relationship that could exist between tobacco use and certain serious health conditions. However, humanity had to wait a century longer to prove it.

In the mid-20th century science managed to determine that in reality tobacco use, beyond nicotine addiction, causes serious damage to health, and is also directly related to various types of cancer.

This time we want to present only some of the most highlighting conditions produced by smoking, which we recommend you read, either if you want to start smoking, leave it with effort, you are about to have a relapse, or you just want to corroborating your good decision to never touch a cigarette, for what until twenty years ago was a trend of much glamour and rebellion, today is known as one of the most risky activities for life.

Here are some of the diseases and health conditions caused by tobacco:

Respiratory conditions

Perhaps one of the organs most affected by the practice of smoking cigarettes is those of the respiratory system, because they are the ones that directly receive tobacco smoke, inhaled by their consumer.

In this sense, both nostrils and pharynx, larynx, trachea, bronchi and lungs may suffer from constant irritation and inflammation. In fact, doctors claim that tobacco use triples the incidence of respiratory diseases, with coughing and expectoration being some of the most common.

Medical Science has also warned of the incidence of plaques of bronchial bronchials – within the tobacco-using population, to the point that at least ninety per cent of cases of bronchitis are related to smoking, according to some specialist doctors, who also point out how quitting tobacco results in a significant decrease in mortality risks.

Duodenal ulcer

Similarly, another of the most common conditions among tobacco smokers is duodenal ulcer, which is also , as stated by some means, is fully connected to the medical relationship of dose-effect, i.e., the greater the number of smoked cigarettes a day will have the patient suffer from this condition, which becomes more likely if we add the excessive consumption of other substances such as coffee or alcohol.

Such is the relationship between cigarette and duodenal ulcer that it has even been proven that among those who already suffer from it there is a much faster improvement and healing among those who don´t smoke. Tobacco use would not only produce duodenal ulcer, but also prevent its healing.

Cardiovascular diseases

Doctors have also been able to establish a direct relationship with cigarettes and various cardiovascular diseases. For example, smoking is estimated to be responsible for at least thirty percent of coronary heart disease.

At the same time, the medicine considers tobacco one of the main causes of arteriosclerosis, hypertension, hypercholesterolemia, peripheral artery diseases, angina, aortic aneurysm, considerably increasing the risk of mortality of the person.

Even science has managed to prove that a smoker dramatically lowers their risk of morbidity and mortality once they decide to quit the habit (more information in Ten Steps to Quit).

Studies have also been able to establish that the more time passes from the time you gave up tobacco, the more the risk of certain cadres is reduced. For example, to get closer to the health that a person who has never smoked might have, he must spend at least fifteen years without having consumed a cigarette.


However, doctors believe that among the most serious diseases and conditions caused by tobacco smoke – actively or passively smoking it – is the risk of lung, mouth or larynx cancer, which are the organs that most directly and constantly receive smoke inhaled by smokers.

According to scientific studies in this regard it has been established that at least ninety percent of lung cancer cases are related to tobacco use, with the dose-effect ratio being almost minimal, i.e. it is sufficient for the person to smoke a single to significantly increase the risk of suffering from a malignant tumor.

Another type of cancer that is also linked to smoking is breast cancer, its incidence being higher in women than in men. Also cancers such as bladder, kidney, esophagus, mouth and larynx are directly driven by tobacco use, which combined with substances such as alcohol, becomes even more carcinogenic.

In this sense, people who decide to quit tobacco significantly reduce the risk of cancer, approaching after twenty years without smoking to the same risk of a person who has never done so.

Risks to women

However, as stated by doctors, women are even more damaged by tobacco smoke, because in addition to suffering the same conditions as men, they also suffer from specific cadres produced by the use of this substance. In this sense, Science has determined that tobacco use in women makes them more prone to the following diseases:

1.- Increased exponential risk of cardiovascular disease, especially in women who use birth control pills.

2.- Acceleration of the menopause process, in a three-year rate compared to non-smokers.

3.- Increase in osteoporosis pictures. In fact, doctors are studying the relationship that can exist between smoking and bone loss.

4.- Early appearance of wrinkles. Although this can be considered only an aesthetic condition, as it is a natural process linked to aging, it should be noted that tobacco use is an acceleration factor, since the compounds of smoke produce dryness and an aging process skin, as well as being related to eye problems.

In this way, smokers move away with each cigarette from the image of goddesses that models that participate in tobacco advertising campaigns have.

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Examples of some tobacco-borne diseases
Source: curiosities  
September 11, 2019

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