What Smoking Really Does to Our Bodies. {Website}

Via Kimberly Lo
on Oct 18, 2013
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photo: via Tobacco Body website

We’ve all heard by now that smoking is very bad for the body.

We know that smoking can lead to cancer, emphysema, heart disease and a host of other maladies.

However, most of us don’t know about the other nasty things that smoking can do to the body.

For instance, did you know that smoking can cause some women to grow facial hair, make them more prone to vaginal infections and even worsen an existing case of acne? (Apparently, smokers’ pimples are much harder to treat than non-smokers.)

I did not know either until I visited the fascinating site, Tobacco Body.

The Tobacco Body is a great site for anyone who wants to quit the habit for good or just wants to know how bad smoking really is.

On a personal note, speaking as someone who lost her maternal grandfather and uncle to lung cancer, I wish that there had been something around like this when they made the decision to smoke.

Warning: Once you click on this site, you may spend more time on it than you ever thought possible checking out the cool, disturbing information on it.

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Bonus, via Reddit:

Smoking increases risk of lung cancer 2,500%. Bacon increases risk of colon cancer 18%. (Followup to yesterday’s meat/cancer WHO post.) (WIRED MAGAZINE)

by duffstoic

According to this article in Wired, processed and cooked meat does increase risk of colon cancer, but far less than smoking cigarettes increases risk of lung cancer.

The scientific evidence linking both processed meat and tobacco to certain types of cancer is strong. In that sense, both are carcinogens. But smoking increases your relative risk of lung cancer by 2,500 percent; eating two slices of bacon a day increases your relative risk for colorectal cancer by 18 percent. Given the frequency of colorectal cancer, that means your risk of getting colorectal cancer over your life goes from about 5 percent to 6 percent and, well, YBMMV. (Your bacon mileage may vary.) “If this is the level of risk you’re running your life on, then you don’t really have much to worry about,” says Alfred Neugut, an oncologist and cancer epidemiologist at Columbia.

The same tiny risk profile appears to be present for other red meats.

Anyway, the article is worth a read. And if you are a smoker, quitting is still the #1 thing you can do for your health.

> Smoking also is correlated with colorectal cancers and you can lower your risk for colon cancer by exercising, losing weight, drinking less alcohol, eating more fiber in the form of whole grains and vegetables, and getting regular screening after the age of 50. A vegetarian diet was associated with a 22% lower risk for colon cancer in one study, but a pescatarian diet was even lower at 43% reduced risk, probably due to the Vitamin D and Omega 3 fatty acids.

> And just for even more perspective, 30-60 minutes of moderate to vigorous physical exercise daily may reduce colon cancer risk by 30-40% according to the National Cancer Institute.


About Kimberly Lo

Kimberly Lo is a yoga instructor and freelance editor & writer based in Charlottesville, VA. In her spare time, she enjoys needlework, travel, and photography. Connect with her on Facebook.


8 Responses to “What Smoking Really Does to Our Bodies. {Website}”

  1. Janet says:

    Was so addicted to tobacco that every time I tried to quit I would smoke more. Felt totally helpless. Tried so many ways and failed miserably until I found a hospital that offered a cessation program out-patient for an hour a week x 6 weeks. They couldn't have been more on the mark with their method of quelling addiction and for the support they demonstrated to the class. I was finally able to stop smoking relatively easily and it's been 7 years.of non-smoking bliss! Alot of hospitals offer a program or will refer you to one that has one.

  2. Ingrid says:

    Is there one in Australia

  3. soandso says:

    Although this article is informative, it will not help smokers quit, and will most likely make you want to smoke more out of anxiety. Try easyway by allen carr. He's an actual smoker so he knows what it's like. http://allencarr.com/ I read the book in 2 hours and was able to quit with no cravings. The success rate is unbelievably high because he makes you realize that you actually don't want to smoke. Willpower methods and scare tactics just make you miserable and are generally ineffective. Good luck!

  4. Bramble says:

    I'm always skeptical when the anti-tobacco movement talks about yellow nicotine stains on people's fingers. I smoked for many years and never had that, nor did anyone else I knew who smoked. The ones who do get yellow fingers… are these people simply not washing their hands, ever??

    Those kinds of exaggerations tend to trivialize other points which ARE valid by making you wonder what else they're exaggerating (or outright lying about).

  5. J. Grant says:

    I feel this article was bogus.to say ask me heal slower due to smoking is bullshit.and I have never seen a smoker look at that raggedy and nasty in appearance.I agree with what you put in your body shows on the outside, but those people must have been drinkers and have a diet of Twinkies and Mountain Dew.I don't feel there is any scientific basis on this article. Oh, and for the record I am a non smoker. I just hate media hype and people trying to sensationalize things like this.

  6. linhebert says:

    As a non-smoker, I clicked on Tobacco Body out of curiosity and spent a short amount of time reading a few of the notes. The one that I found very surprising was the statement that most teenage girl smokers are Overweight compared to their non-smoker peers. I've personally never known an overweight teenaged female smoker. In fact, when I was in high school, most of the female smokers used cigarettes as a substitute for food and were very "fashionably" thin.

  7. Nat says:

    Not sure why, but my screen wouldn't let me read the blurbs on the bottom . . .

  8. D.R.Hook says:

    I smoked for 30+ years. I tried just about everything. I finally was able to quit the nasty habit 7 years ago. There is no quick and easy gimmick. It's called having urge control, and we all are able to do it. Each craving, studies show, last 2 to 4 minutes in most people. The task is to ride out each craving, not to act on them. Of course, this will happen many times a day. It can be done. And the # of cravings each day will diminish over time, as they did with me. I told myself if I reached the 4 minute marker and still wanted that smoke, I could go get some. I never made the 4 minute marker. Just keep doing whatever it was you were doing as the urge came up. This too shall pass.