All effects of cigarette smoking are vastly enhanced if you have been smoking from childhood or adolescence. The addiction sets in very firmly in such cases and it becomes extremely difficult for the young smoker to give up later.
Smoking increases the risk of adverse effects on major organs across the body even if you a light smoker smoking one to four cigarettes every day.
You will also learn from this article how the consequences of smoking multiply when you smoke for one year and then for 10 to 15 years.
Habitual smoking can lead to an irregular heartbeat, formation of blood clots, thickening and stiffening of the artery walls and high blood pressure.
- Smoking increases the risk of coronary heart disease by 2 to 4 times
- Again, it raises the risk of stroke by 2 to 4 times
- Additionally, the risk of men developing lung cancer goes up by 25 times and of women developing lung cancer by 27 times.
You may be smoking just one cigarette or maybe 5 cigarettes every day, the risks remain unchallenged by the small number of cigarettes.
Men who smoked one cigarette a day were 74 percent more likely to have heart disease and 30 percent more likely to have a stroke than men who never smoked at all,
The risk factors vary in severity and depend also on the number of years you have smoked. It could be one year or 10 to 15 years that you have been puffing on the cigarette, the risks proportionately increase.
Health risks of smoking one cigarette every day
Even if you habitually smoke one cigarette every day, it is bad for your health and carries adverse side effects.
Just regularly smoking one cigarette every day makes you nine times more likely to die of lung cancer as a non-smoker.
And if you have quit smoking that regular one cigarette at the age 50 years, you still are at 44 percent increased risk of dying prematurely.
This just confirms the findings of a study, which states that there is no safe level of smoking. Smoking just one cigarette a day carries half the risk for cardiovascular disease and stroke when compared to pack-a-day habit.
Habitual one-cigarette male smokers were 74 percent more likely to develop heart disease and 30 percent more likely to suffer a stroke than non-smokers.
As against that, one-cigarette women smokers were more than twice as likely to develop heart disease and 46 percent more likely to suffer a stroke than non-smoking women.
Health risks of smoking 1 to 4 cigarettes every day
According to an Oslo study, smoking 1 to 4 cigarettes every day (light smoking) was associated with a significantly higher risk of dying from ischemic heart disease and lung cancer in both the sexes. In women, the risk of lung cancer was significantly higher.
In these people who smoke 1 to 4 cigarettes, the highest risk is that of ischemic heart disease.
Health effects after one year of smoking
One year of smoking and you are hooked for life due to the strong addiction property of nicotine in the tobacco. It will need a strong compelling health reason or a very strong willpower to quit the smoking habit.
And after that one year, it is very likely that you will graduate from one to four cigarettes per day to possibly ten or even a pack of cigarettes.
The health risks are proportionate to the number of cigarettes you smoke every day, meaning that the more you smoke the more is the likelihood of you contracting the health risks.
One year is enough to cause some health issues, which can lead to serious health problems.
One year of regular smoking greatly increase your chances of lung damage. The more you smoke the more is the damage.
Tar has collected in the lungs, which decreases the lung capacity and makes less room for air.
Chronic bronchitis, emphysema (COPD) and lung cancer are the three conditions that you will develop.
Your lung capacity decreases leading to breathing problems and loss of stamina. You will suffer from cold and cough more often, which will take a longer time to cure.
There is less of oxygen in the blood because carbon monoxide in the cigarette smoke has made its entry into your inhaled air.
Smoking for one year has also weakened your immune system paving the path for other diseases and cancer.
Your hair starts getting brittle and you start suffering from hair loss. Your physical capacity decreases so does your virility. Your skin too loses its plump appearance and starts to show aging.
If you quit smoking at this time, a lot of these effects can be reversed.
Health effects of smoking for 10 to 15 years
By the 10 years to the 15-year mark, you are at the highest risk of all the ill effects of smoking tobacco cigarettes or any other tobacco medium.
You are totally addicted beyond repair. You may be smoking 10 to 20 cigarettes every day or maybe more. Effects of 10 to 15 years of smoking include:
- You may be suffering from type 2 diabetes and high blood pressure.
- You are at a very high risk of suffering from chronic bronchitis and emphysema.
- If you have quit smoking after 10 years, smoking cessation reduces lung cancer risk by 30 percent to 50 percent and the risk continues to fall with further abstinence
- Your arteries are probably clogged making you a potential candidate for heart attack and stroke.
- You are probably also suffering from heart heartburn
- There is every possibility that you are suffering from erectile dysfunction or the power of erection is reduced.
- You are unable to walk or run as fast or as long as a nonsmoker of your age can, due to decline in lung and heart function.