Who doesn't know the negative effects of smoking on health? Yes, smoking is the main cause of high cases of lung cancer in Indonesia. Before turning into cancer, cigarettes will usually damage lung function slowly. The earliest lung damage that can be experienced by active smokers is chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). Then, how can smoking cause this lung damage?
Negative effects of smoking, cause lung organs to become blocked
If until now you are still an active smoker, it is very likely that you have chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). COPD is a lung damage disease that occurs due to blockages in it, so it cannot function normally again.
From various researches, the more often a person smokes, the higher the chance of getting COPD. It is even known that as many as 38.7 percent of COPD patients are active smokers.
So, initially toxic substances from cigarettes will be inhaled and enter the respiratory tract to the lungs. These toxic substances cause inflammation in the lungs. This inflammation persists for a long time, resulting in damaged lung tissue, narrowed airways, and excessive mucus production.
This condition will cause you to breathe and become difficult. In addition, usually the breath sounds of active smokers will say 'ngik', as in those who have an asthma attack.
The amount of mucus production in the airways, will make you experience a chronic cough accompanied by phlegm. Usually, the cough that is experienced will last a long time, because the body tries to relieve the respiratory tract that is blocked due to phlegm.
If left unchecked, permanent damage will be experienced by the lungs and ultimately unable to function properly.
COPD also lurks smokers passive
Unfortunately, passive smokers also have the risk of this disease. Yes, cigarette smoke is as bad as the ingredients in it. The process is almost the same as active smokers, so smoke contains toxic substances that can be inhaled into the lungs.
The more frequent and long time people breathe cigarette smoke, the more toxic substances that enter the body will be. Over time, damage occurs and finally chronic obstructive pulmonary disease appears.
Therefore, for those of you who are active smokers, you should start smoking now slowly. Because the negative impact of smoking does not only happen to you, but the people you care about.
Why is it hard to stop even knowing the negative effects of this cigarette?
Nicotine contained in cigarettes is the reason why you are addicted and continue to be addicted . Even worse, the effects of nicotine addiction are as severe as the effects of addiction from heroin and cocaine.
Based on research conducted by WHO, when you breathe a cigarette, within 7 seconds, the nicotine content will enter your brain. Furthermore, nicotine will stimulate the dopaminergic system in your brain, which will produce feelings of pleasure, reduce stress, anger and make you feel calm.
Because of this pleasant effect that makes many people end up addicted, even though cigarettes have many adverse effects for health. Here are some symptoms that indicate you are addicted to nicotine, if reported by WHO:
- Feeling frustrated, irritable
- Difficulty concentrating
- Difficulty resting
- heart rate
- Having an increase in appetite
It is indeed difficult to escape nicotine addiction in cigarettes. However, that doesn't mean you can't do it.