Short term effects• AddictionSmoking is a hard habit to break out of becausetobacco contains nicotine, which is highlyaddictive.
Short Term Effects• Bad skin Because smoking restricts blood vessels, itcan prevent oxygen and nutrients fromgetting to the skin
Short Term Effects• Bad breath Cigarettes leave smokers with a conditioncalled halitosis, or persistent bad breath.
Short Term Effects• Bad-smelling clothes and hairThe smell of stale smoke tends tolinger. And its often hard to get the smell ofsmoke out.
Short Term Effects• Reduced athletic performance The physical effects of smoking (like rapidheartbeat, decreased circulation, and shortnessof breath) impair sports performance.
Short Term Effects• Greater risk of injury and slower healing timeThe bodys ability to produce collagenreduces, so common sports injuries, suchas damage to tendons and ligaments, willheal more slowly in smokers thannonsmokers.
Short Term Effects• Increased risk of illnessSmokers tend to have more colds, flu, bronchitis,and pneumonia than nonsmokers. And peoplewith certain health conditions, like asthma,become more sick if they smoke
Long Term Effects• Many of the chemicals in cigarettes, like nicotine and cyanide, are actually poisons that can kill you.
Long Term Effects• Health problems like heart disease, stroke, emphysema (breakdown of lung tissue), and many types of cancer (including lung, throat, stomach, and bladder cancer.)• These diseases limit a persons ability to be normally active. Smokers tend to be less active than nonsmokers because smoking affects lung power.
Long Term Effects• Smokers develop wrinkles and yellow teeth, they also lose bone density, which increases their risk of osteoporosis• Lungs become very damaged
Long Term Effects• Smoking can also cause fertility problems and can impact sexual health in both men and women.• Girls who are on the pill or other hormone- based methods of birth control increase their risk of serious health problems, such as heart attacks, if they smoke.