Smoking can cause cancer; that much is common knowledge. But aside from cancer, smoking can cause a host of other problems for your body. They call it body, “rot.” You may be asking why you should be afraid. Have you seen the latest ads from anti-smoking drive? It’s a cigarette roll of decaying tissues instead of tobacco leaves. Very graphic indeed.
Most cigarette smokers are very much aware that nicotine is very harmful to their lungs and heart. But these are just the tips of the icebergs. There’s more to it that what we already know. Smoking can also affect other parts of your body with serious results, according to a research study done by Public Health England or PHE.
“I think people know about the big killers – cancer, heart disease and stroke – but I don’t think they realize about osteoporosis and I didn’t know about fertility.
“And the doubling the likelihood of cognitive decline and Alzheimer’s, I think is quite scary.”
Cigarettes can do a lot of harm to other body parts which include the muscles, eyes, brain, bones, and teeth. It was also discovered that smokers are twice as prone to contract Alzheimer’s disease.
The ads are meant to shock and to bring about awareness on the part of the people, Chief Medical Officer Dame Sally Davies said.
The ongoing campaign is also meant to correct a lot of mistaken beliefs about hand rolled cigarettes, more commonly known as roll ups. Many believe that these different looking smokes are less dangerous and a lot safer than those that are packed and ready to use. Nothing is further from the truth.
They are as hazardous as the regular types of cigarettes. Research studies have produced a lot of evidence to prove this. However, they continue to grow in popularity. These DIY cigarettes are becoming a fad.
They have grown more popular. In 2013 the number of men rolling their cigarettes increased to 40% compared to 1990, which was just about 18%. The rise in women users has grown even more significantly. From just 2% in 1990 to 23% in 2013.
Prof Kevin Fenton, National Director for Health and Wellbeing for PHE, said: “Much of the harm caused by smoking doesn’t become obvious until middle age but the invisible damage can start shockingly early – even by the late teens.
“The earlier a smoker quits the better, but quitting at any age can help reverse at least some of the damage. That’s why there is no time better than now to quit. Stop smoking and stop the rot.”