You might have thought the book was closed on the harmful effects of combustible cigs decades ago. And it's known that ecigarettes are safer than cigarettes. It’s a common fact that smoking causes lung cancer, but studies continue to uncover diseases and other ill effects of smoking combustible cigs.
Smokers don’t heal as fast as non-smokers
The smoke from combustible cigs restricts oxygen flow throughout the body, and oxygen is the key ingredient for wound healing. You’ll notice that smokers will have scabs from their wounds for longer than others. Charming. It's actually worse - there's a shocking number of amputations caused by smoking.
It weakens your immune system
Chemicals found in cigarettes suppress white blood cells that fight disease and infection. This is one of the reasons that emphysema and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) occurs so frequently among smokers.
It can lead to blindness
Smokers are three to four times more likely to suffer from Age Related Macular Degeneration (AMD), which simply means a loss of vision over time. They are also at higher risks for cataracts and dry eye syndrome.
It causes wrinkles…everywhere
Most people know that smokers are likely to get wrinkles around their lips, but the reality is that smoking advances the aging process all over the body, by damaging the collagen and elastin in our skin that keeps it looking fresh and young. So, advice to all smokers: quit or stock up on lotion.
Smoking puts men and women at a greater risk for infertility
It’s widely known that smoking while pregnant puts the baby at great risk for a number of dangerous health conditions, but many might think it’s okay to smoke while trying to conceive. However, fertility problems occur at twice the rate among smokers than they do in nonsmokers. Males smokers aren’t off the hook when it comes to smoking and making babies either, smoking can damage sperm and cause erectile dysfunction.
Smoking puts you at greater risk for diabetes
Smokers are 30 – 40% more likely to develop Type 2 diabetes. Part of the reason for this is that Big Tobacco adds sugar to its cigarettes for flavour. We strongly believe that sugar only belongs in delicious things like biscuits and cake.