Short Term Effects of Smoking
What are the Short Term Effects of Smoking?
Do you know what the short term effects of smoking are? Most people take up smoking because it’s cool, because it’s social, or because they enjoy the feeling of the nicotine rushing through their bodies. However, they don’t even think about how much it can affect their bodies, and they end up doing a lot of harm to their “temples” than they might expect.
We all know that smoking can lead to heart problems and lung cancer in the long run, but do you know that the short term effects of smoking can be almost as bad?
Short Term Effects of Smoking
When you smoke, you:
Fill your mouth with smoke and nicotine. This coats the inside of your mouth with nicotine and smoke particles, and those particles are eaten away by the bacteria living inside your mouth. This causes not only the initial bad breath that results from smoking, but it will cause bad breath over the long term. Even chewing gum or using a breath mint won’t help, as the bacteria will just keep on eating away at the particles even when you’re done chewing the gum. The smoke and heat of the cigarette will also burn your taste buds, and you’ll find that the nicotine will drown out the taste of pretty much everything that you eat for a while. Eventually, your mouth gets so coated with nicotine from regular smoking that you just can’t taste food properly anymore.
Allow the smoke to stain your clothes and teeth. If you’ve ever smelled someone that came home from a smoky club, you know how awful the smell can be. Their clothes are totally infused with the smoke smell, and they have the same scent as an ashtray – ergo, not a very pleasant one. However, the smoke won’t just get into your clothing, but it will actually stain your teeth as well. Almost immediately after smoking, the outside of your once-white teeth turn a pretty sickly yellow. That yellowing takes at least 24 hours to disappear, but will take longer the more you smoke.
Damage your lungs and throat. While this may not seem like a big deal on the night of your party, what happens when you get up to dance – or you hit the gym the next day? Your lungs and throat will not only be slightly burned by the smoke and heat of the cigarette, but the alveoli inside your lungs are covered with nicotine and smoke particles. This stops them from doing their job properly – the job of absorbing oxygen into your blood. When you try to do exercise the next day, you’ll run out of steam more quickly simply because your body isn’t able to absorb enough oxygen into your bloodstream.
Start the addiction process. You may not think that just one or two cigarettes will get you hooked, but the truth is that few people ever smoke “Just one”. Most people eventually end up smoking more and more in social settings, and then they turn to smoking for pleasure and relaxation. The act of smoking not only increases your risk of becoming addicted to nicotine, but it increases your risk of addictions in general. People that kick the nicotine and smoking addiction often turn to alcohol or stronger drugs, as they need to feel the psychological comfort of feeding the addiction.
Boost your heart rate. While getting your heartbeat up is important for exercise, keeping it elevated for long periods of time can cause a lot of problems. Those with higher heart rates tend to have higher blood pressure, and high blood pressure is a common cause of cardiac disorders – the #1 cause of death in the world today. Not only will the smoking raise your blood pressure, but it will weaken the walls of your arteries. If you have lots of cholesterol built up on the walls of your arteries, the weakening can cause them to crack – which can lead to heart attacks, strokes, or peripheral arterial disorder.
Cause long term damage to your respiratory system. While you may think that smoking will just affect your breathing and lungs for the next few hours – a day at most – this is not the case. Smoking will increase your risk of bronchitis, and it can trigger asthma attacks in people that never had problems with asthma before. You may cause yourself to develop a chronic cough, which can turn into something much worse if you continue to smoke. If you smoke at a young age, you may end up damaging your lungs permanently – something that doesn’t happen if you take up smoking once you’ve passed your formative years.
Short Term Effects of Smoking: It’s Not Worth It
The truth is that the short term effects of smoking may not be as fatal as the long-term effects, but they’re unpleasant and make your life very difficult. If you’re going to smoke, don’t! It’s as simple as that.
“But,” you may say, “I like smoking! It makes me feel good, and I enjoy how it’s such a social thing.” Well, perhaps you and your friends can all hang out together when you’re in the hospital in 20 years. One friend may have lung cancer, while another may have throat cancer. You may end up with heart problems, or you may end up living connected to an oxygen tank thanks to your respiratory problems.
Long-term effects aside, the short term effects of smoking make it totally not worth it to anyone that is interested in staying healthy. Sure, it’s not going to kill you to light up once a month or every once in a while, but that’s just opening the door to addiction. If you’re serious about living a healthy life and getting in shape, you should just stop smoking. With things like high blood pressure, foul breath, stained teeth, and smelly clothing as the short term effects of smoking, it’s just not worth it!