That Cigarette You Smoke to Relieve Stress May Be Causing the Stress
The World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that tobacco caused 5.4 million
deaths in 2004[ and 100 million deaths over the course of the 20th
century. Similarly, the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
describes tobacco use as “the single most important preventable risk to human
health in developed countries and an important cause of premature death
worldwide. “Smoke contains several carcinogenic pyrolytic products that bind to
DNA and cause many genetic mutations. There are 45 known or suspected chemical
carcinogens in cigarette smoke.Tobacco also contains nicotine, which is a highly
addictive psychoactive drug. When tobacco is smoked, nicotine causes physical
and psychological dependency.
Tobacco use is a significant factor in miscarriages among pregnant smokers, it contributes to a number of other threats to the health of the fetus such as premature births and low birth weight and increases by 1.4 to 3 times the chance for Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS).The result of scientific studies done in neonatal rats seems to indicate that exposure to cigarette smoke in the womb may reduce the fetal brain’s ability to recognize hypoxic conditions, thus increasing the chance of accidental asphyxiation.Incidence of impotence is approximately 85 percent higher in male smokers compared to non-smokers,and is a key factor causing erectile dysfunction (ED)
In the 1930s German scientists showed that cigarette smoking caused lung cancer.In 1938 a study by a Johns Hopkins University scientist suggested a strongly negative correlation between smoking and lifespan. In 1950 five studies were published in which “smoking was powerfully implicated in the causation of lung cancer”. These included the now classic paper “Smoking and Carcinoma of the Lung” which appeared in the British Medical Journal. This paper reported that “heavy smokers were fifty times as likely as non-smokers to contract lung cancer”.
Smoking and Stress?
Although most people understand that smoking harms a person’s health, many smokers believe it helps them cope with stress. Since nicotine is a psychoactive (mood altering) drug, tobacco use does seem to make the subjective effects of stress (such as feelings of frustration, anger, and anxiety) less severe. But smoking is a cruel illusion; while people may feel calmer and less stressed when they smoke, their body is experiencing just the opposite reactions. Blood pressure rises, heart rate increases, muscles become tense, blood vessels constrict, and less oxygen is available to the brain and body to facilitate healthy coping. In short, smoking increases the stress level on the body. Smoking, like alcohol, depletes the body’s store of vital nutrients and it can indisputably seriously damage your health. If you smoke to reduce stress, you are only adding to your stress, according to a new review of psychological studies in the October issue of the American Psychological Association’s American Psychologist.
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