don’t be a puff dummy, we will show you why staying away from cigarettes is one of the smartest things you can do.
How your body reacts to your puffing:.
Teens who smoke are more likely to see a health professional for emotional or psychological problems.
TEETH AND FINGERS
How gross is a person who doesn’t brush her teeth? Well, people are going to think that’s you. Chemicals in cigarettes will leave your pearly whites a tarnished yellow. They’ll also stain your fingers.
GUMS AND TEETH
Smoker’s gums recede more quickly because cigarettes speed up periodontal disease. The bottom line: Hope you love baby food, because you’re going to lose your teeth faster than everyone else.
Cigarettes do a real job on your breath. Kissing a smoker is like licking an ashtray, so don’t be surprised if boys say, “No thanks!”
People will stare as you hack uncontrollably. That’s because you’re three times more likely to cough than teens who don’t smoke.
Cigs do mega damage to the vessels that send blood to your heart, putting you at higher risk for a heart attack. (Just 24 hours after you quit smoking, however, your chance of a heart attack drops.)
Smoking makes the mucous cells in your lungs go into overdrive (think twice as much phlegm). It also paralyzes your cilia, the self-cleaning system in your airways that will keep icky stuff out. So you’re going to get sick more often and more severely than other people. You’ll be short of breath more often than nonsmokers – a drag if you play sports. (The good news is that nine months after you quit smoking, your lungs’ ability to clean themselves returns.)
The carbon monoxide in cigarette smoke decreases your red blood cells’ ability to carry oxygen, so you’ll be feelin’ like a slug. But just eight hours after you quit, the carbon monoxide level in your blood drops to normal and the oxygen level increases to normal. Cigarettes also make the platelets in your blood stick together, which puts you at higher risk for clots that could lead to a heart attack or stroke.
KIDNEYS, BLADDER, BLOOD, PANCREAS, LUNGS, CERVIX, MOUTH, THROAT, LARYNX AND ESOPHAGUS
These are all the places where you’re more likely to get cancer. But five years after you kick the habit, your risk of getting theses cancers falls to half of what it is for smokers.
Want to look like a prune? “There are roughly 4,000 chemicals in tobacco smoke, and many age the skin prematurely,” says Michael Thun, M.D., vice president of epidemiology and surveillance research at the American Cancer Society in Atlanta, Ga. Your skin becomes fragile, loses its elasticity and basically turns into scar tissue.