To be a living fireplace; negative effects (1)

The scene

Baba OJG is sitting under the clump of palm trees with his friends as usual, discussing current affairs in the village and enjoying the windy evening. He continued to cough repeatedly, just as he pulled on his ubiquitous cigarette sticks. After about 3 hours of endless smoking, he stopped to take some water and dispel the idea that smoking is harmful to health. He claimed to have smoked for 35 years and ‘nothing’ happened to him, although he coughs more; this time until he feels dizzy and eventually spits out black particles. Baba seems to be living in self-delusion, he has not recognized the fact that he has lost weight, the cough has become more persistent (sometimes causing him to pass out!), the skin has become rough and the lips charred among others…

What it is

According to Wikipedia, smoking is a practice in which a substance is burned and the resulting smoke is inhaled to be tasted and absorbed into the bloodstream. Most often, the substance is made from dried leaves of the tobacco plant which have been rolled in a small square of rice paper to create a small round cylinder called a “cigarette”. Smoking is mainly practiced as a route of administration for recreational drug use, as burning (burning) of dried plant leaves vaporizes and releases active substances into the lungs where they are rapidly absorbed into the bloodstream and reach body tissues. Smoking is the most common method of tobacco consumption (>90%), although other forms including pipe tobacco, cigars, and smokeless tobacco are also common.

Historical perspective

The history of smoking dates back to 5000-3000 BC. AD, when the agricultural product began to be cultivated in Mesoamerica and South America; consumption then evolved into burning the plant substance, either by accident or with the intention of exploring other means of consumption. A Frenchman named Jean Nicot (whose name is derived from the word nicotine) introduced tobacco to France in 1560. From France, tobacco spread to England. The earliest report documents an English sailor in Bristol in 1556, seen “emitting smoke from his nostrils”. Like tea, coffee and opium, tobacco was just one of many intoxicants originally used as medicine. The grim outlook Brain Nicotine from cigarettes is as addictive as heroin. Nicotine addiction is hard to beat because it alters the brain. The brain develops additional nicotine receptors to accommodate the high doses of nicotine from tobacco. When the brain stops receiving the nicotine it is used to, nicotine withdrawal results. One may feel anxious, irritable and have strong nicotine cravings.

head and face

One of the effects of smoking is reduced oxygen supply to the cochlea, a snail-shaped organ located in the inner ear. This can lead to permanent damage to the cochlea and mild to moderate hearing loss.

The eyes

Smoking causes physical changes in the eyes that can threaten sight. One of the nicotine effects of cigarettes is limiting the production of a chemical needed to be able to see at night. In addition, smoking increases the risk of developing cataracts that can lead to blindness.


Smoking also has an impact on the mouth. Smokers have more oral health problems than non-smokers, such as mouth sores, ulcers and gum disease. You are more likely to have cavities and lose your teeth at a younger age. You are also more likely to get mouth and throat cancers.


Smoking can dry out the skin and cause it to lose its elasticity, leading to wrinkles and stretch marks. Skin tone may become dull and grayish. In your early thirties, wrinkles may start to appear around the mouth and eyes, adding years to the face.

stressed heart

Smoking increases blood pressure and puts pressure on the heart. Over time, stress on the heart can weaken it, making it less able to pump blood to other parts of your body. Carbon monoxide from inhaled cigarette smoke also contributes to a lack of oxygen, which makes the heart work even harder. This increases the risk of heart disease, including heart attacks.

sticky blood

Smoking makes the blood thick and sticky. The stickier the blood, the harder the heart has to work to move it through your body. Sticky blood is also more likely to form blood clots which block blood flow to the heart, brain and legs. Over time, thick, sticky blood damages the delicate lining of blood vessels. This damage can increase your risk of heart attack or stroke.

fatty deposits

Smoking increases cholesterol and unhealthy fats circulating in the blood, leading to unhealthy fat deposits. Over time, cholesterol, fats, and other debris build up on the artery walls. This buildup narrows the arteries and blocks normal blood flow to the heart, brain, and legs. Blockage of blood flow to the heart or brain can cause a heart attack or stroke. Blockage of blood vessels in the legs can lead to amputation of toes or feet.

scarred lungs

The lungs of smokers experience inflammation of the small airways and lung tissue. This can make the chest tight or cause wheezing or shortness of breath. Ongoing inflammation builds up scar tissue, leading to physical changes in the lungs and airways that can make it difficult to breathe.

Destruction of the air sacs (emphysema)

Smoking destroys the small air sacs, or alveoli, in the lungs that allow oxygen exchange. When you smoke, you damage some of these air sacs. Alveoli don’t grow back, so when you destroy them, you’ve definitely destroyed part of your lungs. When enough alveoli are destroyed, the disease emphysema develops. Emphysema causes severe shortness of breath and can lead to death

Bring back home

”Federal Ministry of Health warns smokers risk dying young”


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