Cigarette smoke contains more than 4,000 harmful chemicals, such as nicotine, carbon monoxide, tar, cyanide, formaldehyde, and lead. The components of the cigarette can produce a large number of disorders capable of generating cancerous and deadly diseases. Some damage to health related to smoking, the problem of social dependence and the risks and consequences for passive smokers are developed.

Smoking can cause:

CHANGES IN THE SKIN: The smoker's skin suffers from premature aging. The skin of the fingers of the hand is also stained by the brown color of the filter of the cigarettes.

STAINS AND FALLS OF THE TEETH: One of the components of tobacco: tar, it produces stains and cavities in the teeth. It can also cause problems in the gums that facilitate the fall of the teeth.

DEPENDENCY: Cigarette nicotine is a drug that produces a dependence in the smoker.

OSTEOPOROSIS: The cigarette increases the risk of osteoporosis (weak bones), which causes fractures of bones in the elderly, and particularly among women.

SEXUAL IMPOTENCE: Smoking is one of the most common causes of impotence. Smoking one pack per day increases a 60% risk of suffering impotence.

PROBLEMS DURING PREGNANCY: If a woman smokes during pregnancy, she is more likely to have a premature birth and miscarriage.

FERTILITY PROBLEMS: The smoker woman has fewer chances of getting pregnant.

GASTRIC AND DUODENAL ULCERS: Due to the effect of nicotine that makes digestion more difficult and causes greater acidity after eating, smokers are more susceptible to gastric and duodenal ulcers.

PULMON ENFYSEM AND CHRONIC BRONCHITIS: Cigarette smoking is the most common cause of emphysema. It also causes chronic bronchitis. These diseases decrease the amount of oxygen the body receives since the lungs are unable to fill with fresh air and breathing becomes difficult. Also, smokers are more likely to suffer from bronchial asthma.

CEREBRAL SPILL: Also called stroke, occurs when there is an alteration of normal blood flow in the brain, which may appear because a clot blocks one of the vital blood vessels of this organ. Cigarette poisons cause this type of condition because they block the arteries.

CARDIAC ATTACK: The person who smokes is more than twice as likely to get a myocardial infarction (heart attack).

CANCER OF PULMON, MOUTH, LARYNX, ESOPHAGUS, AND STOMACH: Smoking cigarettes is the main cause of lung cancer. Also, it can produce other types of cancer: mouth, larynx, esophagus, and stomach. It is also related to cancer of the bladder, uterus, pancreas, and kidney.

The Social Unit

Social dependence is based on the great social acceptance that tobacco has, not being considered a drug but a personal option, with which, in certain situations, it increases the image of security and control of the situation.
Not only induces the individual to start with this dependence but also becomes the instrument to start a conversation, pave the approach between two people and can even become assimilated to a gesture of friendship or solidarity.
The social dependence is cultural, but it is also economic, since it moves millionaire interests for producing companies, industry workers, and states that enter resources, also millionaires, using taxes.
The social influence is key to get new tobacco users, the tobacco companies knew it, and they managed to make fashionable giving away cigars and cigarettes and promoting through the mass media advertisements that link smoking with success and distinction.
Why is it difficult to stop smoking?
Tobacco is highly addictive. Nicotine can generate a dependence so strong that it makes it difficult to quit smoking, as the body becomes accustomed to this presence, and reacts with a series of symptoms called withdrawal syndrome, (irritability, sleep disorders, increase of weight, difficulty in concentration, gastrointestinal disorders, etc.)
Can, you stop smoking?
Failed experiences should not impede trying again. There are programs to overcome the dependence created by nicotine and smoking. The smoking cessation programs can be carried out in the group or individual form with medical supervision and health teams.
Does the cigarette affect those around the smoker?
Smoking affects not only your health but also that of the people around you. The smoke from your cigarette seriously harms people who do not smoke.

Damages caused by smoking at home and work
•    Children who live in environments where they smoke are more likely to get sick from bronchitis, otitis, and colds.
•    Asthmatic children who are exposed to cigarette smoke have more frequent asthma attacks.
•    Family members who live with the smoker have a higher risk of cancer and heart disease.
•    Babies breastfed by smoking mothers may suffer restlessness, insomnia, vomiting, diarrhea, weak suction, and weakness.
•    "Sudden infant death" occurs more frequently in smokers' homes. It is known by that name the sudden death of the baby in the first months of life.
•    Cigarette smoke in the environment increases the risk of lung cancer.
•    In our country, there are 6 thousand deaths per year due to second-hand smoke.