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4 Different Ways Tobacco Use Affects The Body

If you smoke or use tobacco products you’ve probably heard this before; smoking is bad for you. Whether it’s your doctor or your loved ones giving you the advice, they have your best interest in mind. 

Tobacco and nicotine products affect your body in many harmful ways. Much of the damaged caused by tobacco can not be reversed. 

Here are four different ways tobacco affects your body. These are great things to think about if you are looking for motivation to give up the habit. 


1. The visual effects of tobacco use. 

Hair, skin, and nails. Have you been taking your biotin and getting enough vitamin C? While looks aren’t everything, they give us an indicator (and maybe show off) how healthy we are. 

Beauty experts will tell you the same thing your doctor will tell you, getting all the right nutrients to your body will positively affect how you look. Healthy lifestyle choices can help with healthy, glowing skin, full, un-damaged hair, strong nails, and more. 

That is the good news!

Now we have some bad news: Tobacco use has the exact opposite effect on your body. Tobacco use can lead to hair loss, stained fingernails due to fungal infections, and premature skin wrinkling. Not to mention the yellowing of your smile and possible gum disease. 

Quitting is hard work. Just remember; you look to tobacco for a good inside feeling – that energetic jolt nicotine gives you. What if you replace that feeling with the strong, confident feeling you get when your healthy life choices are visually noticeable? Most of us have an easier time feeling confident and beautiful when we like the way we look. 


2. Cardiovascular risks that come with tobacco use. 

Nicotine is the addictive chemical in tobacco. It gives users a quick rush of energy. It tightens blood vessels, restricting blood flow through the entire body. 

Long term use of tobacco can be catastrophic to your cardiovascular system. As your blood vessels tighten over and over again the blood that runs through is compromised. Over time, tobacco users can develop high blood pressure and have an increased risk of stroke or a heart attack. 

Long-term tobacco users also compromise their body’s ability to get oxygen to their organs. Any organ in your body compromised by low amounts of oxygen risks many problems. This lack of oxygen for any organ compromises your overall health. 


3. Your mood is affected by tobacco use. 

Life seems just a little easier when we have that woke-up-on-the-right-side-of-the-bed feeling. Many Americans search for positive emotions with self-care, healthy lifestyle habits, gratitude, good deeds, and so much more. 

Nicotine is a mood-altering drug. It can give you an energized boost when you feel like you need it. However, with nicotine, the boost is only temporary. After the energy wears off you’ll likely feel tired. Depending on how long you’ve used nicotine, you’ll also end up craving more. 

Withdrawing from nicotine can result in a number of undesirable mood swings. When you’ve used tobacco or nicotine products enough to rely on them, you can expect a rough journey to end the habit. Mood changes during withdrawal from nicotine include anxiety, depression, headaches, irritation, sleep problems, and more. 


4. Long term concerns and risks. 

The future seems so far off. Thinking of the long-term effects of nicotine might not be the top motivator to make healthy choices. However, the statistics around long-term tobacco use are hard to ignore. 

Here are just a few statistics about the kinds of health issues smoking can lead to. 

  • 80% - 90% of all lung cancer cases can be linked to smoking tobacco. More people die from lung cancer than colon, prostate, and breast cancer combined. This is true for both men and women. Learn more.
  • Smoking tobacco is the highest risk factor for Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease. Learn more. 
  • The use of nicotine and tobacco significantly increases your risk of heart disease. The CDC reports that smoking is responsible for about one in four deaths from Cardio Vascular Disease.