Most people are aware of some of the effects that smoking can have on the body. Most people decide that they want to give up because they know that they are harming their body, although for some people they do not really care. However, many people are only aware of the cancer and not of all of the other effects that it can have on the body.
The arteries and veins throughout the body can block up and this can cause heart attacks, strokes and aneurysms which can cause amputation or death. The skin will get grey and dull and is more likely to get cellulite, The bones can get weak and cause osteoporosis. Poor circulation, can lead to feeling cold, cramps, pain and even gangrene which can lead to amputations. The lungs can get damaged and you will get more asthma,colds and coughs and even pneumonia, lung cancer, bronchitis and emphysema. There is an increased chance of getting stomach cancer, ulcers and kidney, pancreas and bladder cancer. It can also cause impotence and infertility and can cause miscarriage and low birth weight in pregnant women. The life expectancy of a smoker is much lower than someone who does not smoke and the more you smoke, the more likely you are to get these illnesses.
The good news is that as soon as you give up smoking you reduce your risk of getting diseases and your body can recover. Even by reducing the amount that you smoke, you will be able to reduce your risk of getting these diseases. It will take time but over the years it can get back to a much better condition and your life expectancy and quality of life will improve massively. If you have children or grand children then you will be able to enjoy them for much longer, which has got to be good news. You chances of getting illness will be lowered even things as simple as a cough and cold will occur less and when you do get them, they will be less severe. You should start to feel the health benefits almost immediately.