What makes cigarettes so bad for you?
The oxygen and the flame of lighting a cigarette causes the tobacco leaves to ignite, which releases smoke. The smoke, carrying drugs like nicotine, get absorbed deep in your lungs. From there, it travels into your blood and triggers your brain pleasure centers. Chemicals from the cigarette permeate into your blood, causing mutations in your DNA and cancers throughout your entire body.
How can smoking lead to cancer?
When the chemicals seep into your cells locally, they also permeate into your blood. They attack your DNA, which causes errors called mutations. The cells try to repair themselves, but the chemicals keep attacking. Over time, this can lead to cancer.
What are some effects of marijuana that you probably don’t know about?
Most doctors don’t prescribe marijuana because there’s little evidence to prove that it’s better than conventional therapies. The laws vary in state to how it's prescribed. Long-term users can be diagnosed with something called cannabinoid hyperemesis syndrome.
What is cannabinoid hyperemesis syndrome?
Cannabinoid Hyperemesis Syndrome is something doctors see quite frequently in the emergency room. Symptoms are: recurring abdominal pain, nausea and vomiting. Usually these symptoms improve with a hot shower, but the only known long-term cure is to quit doing marijuana all together.
What is some good news when it comes to smoking?
The human body is made to repair itself. If someone stops smoking— really stops— the body sets to correct the damage as fast as it can. Data shows that if you quit smoking, your chance of dying from a smoking related illness drops remarkably.