Although the negative effects of smoking are well documented, many people are not aware of them. You may think that the health-related consequences of tobacco use aren't so bad, or that you will only see the effects after many years of use. Short-term effects can be serious, and it is not worth the long-term effects just to relieve stress or fit in.
Short-term Effects of Smoking:
- Increased susceptibility to respiratory illness
- Shortness of breath
- Impaired lung function
- Bad breath
- Foul smelling clothing
Long-Term Effects of Smoking:
- Lung, mouth, throat, kidney, and stomach cancers
- Coronary heart disease
- Significantly reduced lifespan
- Contrary to common belief, smoking may increase depressive symptoms in young people.
Health Effects of Smokeless Tobacco:
- Nicotine addiction – Nicotine is the main ingredient in smokeless tobacco.
(One can of snuff equals about four packs of cigarettes).
- Nicotine from smokeless tobacco stays in the bloodstream longer when compared to cigarettes
- Smokeless tobacco contains 28 cancer-causing agents
- Smokeless tobacco is a known cause of human cancer
- Oral Lesions that may lead to oral cancer
- Smokeless tobacco is associated with recession of the gums, gum disease, and tooth decay