It’s that time of year again; time to make a New Year’s resolution!
A New Year’s resolution is a promise you make to yourself to start doing something good or stop doing something bad on the first day of the year. Forty to 45 percent of American adults make one or more resolutions each year. Among the top resolutions are weight loss, exercise and tobacco cessation.
Smoking harms nearly every organ of your body and some of those effects are immediate. Your brain becomes addicted; nicotine from cigarettes is as addictive as heroin and is hard to outdo because it changes your brain. When your brain stops getting the nicotine it has become addicted to, you develop withdrawal symptoms such as irritability, anxiousness and strong cravings.
Hearing loss may also occur when you smoke. Smoking reduces the oxygen supply to the inner ear which can result in permanent damage and mild to moderate hearing loss. Smoking causes changes to the eyes that can harm your eyesight, particularly for night vision.
It also increases your risk of developing cataracts and macular degeneration. Smokers develop many oral health problems like mouth sores, ulcers and gum disease. Smokers also have an increased risk of cancers of the mouth and throat.
Smoking causes your skin to be dry and lose elasticity, a smoker’s skin tone may also become dull and grayish. Smoking raises your blood pressure, puts additional stress on your heart and increases the risk of heart disease. Smoking makes your blood become thick and sticky, which causes damage to the lining of the blood vessels that increases risk for strokes and heart attacks.
Smoking can have many negative effects on a person’s lungs, including inflammation in the small airways and tissues, chronic cough with mucus, emphysema, and increased risk of colds and respiratory infections.