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How Smoking Affects the Body and How to Stop

Most health sites focus on what you should put in your body, but it’s also important to discuss what should not go in. After all, we only get one body throughout our entire life, so it makes sense that we should take good care of it.

How Smoking Affects the Body and How to Stop

We often focus on what is good for us, such as in our article “Capsaicin Benefits”.

To continue our topic on having a healthy lifestyle, let’s pivot a little and consider avoiding some things that can be detrimental to our health. There are plenty of things you should not put in your body, like illegal drugs as they can cause brain damage, heart attacks, and even death. Consuming too much alcohol is also not advised, as it can lead to serious health problems like liver cirrhosis, heart disease and even cancer.

And of course, smoking tops our list of things to avoid. Just because there are lots of smokers, it doesn’t mean it’s not as dangerous as the aforementioned vices, as smoking can actually be much worse.

Smoking is one of the key issues societies have battled for years. According to data from, approximately 5.5 million adults smoked in the first quarter of 2020 in the UK. We already know that it is bad for us, yet millions of people still indulge in smoking which is not a particularly good sign. Perhaps by understanding a little more about cigarette smoke and the types of health conditions it can cause, we can make better decisions regarding whether to smoke again or not.

How Does Smoking Affect the Body?

An article by the CDC on smoking and its health effects points out that smoking causes numerous serious diseases, such as various cancers, heart disease, strokes, and lung diseases, which can all lead to death.

Cigarettes contain substances that have been known to affect the entire body aside from tobacco, like tar, acetone, and carbon dioxide. Once smoked, all the side effects of these substances immediately begin to take effect, such as smelly hair, bad breath, teeth discoloration, premature wrinkles, and even infertility. Now that you know these precarious effects, let’s look at how you can kick the habit.

Here is How to Combat the Smoking Scourge:

1. Nicotine Gum

Nicotine Gum has been around for quite some time, and it is very popular among smokers that are trying to quit. The gum releases nicotine and gives the user a nicotine buzz as they chew. Besides satisfying cravings, it also satisfies the oral fixation many smokers are used to as it gives the mouth something to do.

2. Nicotine Pouches

Nicotine pouches are a little more recent to the consumer market. They can give users a nicotine fix in a much more discreet way. Many smokers (as well as chewing tobacco users) have made the switch to this new alternative.

A look at nicotine pouch usage on Prilla explains how pouches are like small pillows that fit under your lip and release nicotine when moist, thereby satisfying cravings with a clean nicotine experience. Unlike snuff or chew, nicotine pouches do not contain any tobacco leaves, thus there is no need to spit or do messy clean ups.

3. Nicotine Patches

Nicotine patches have been around for years, designed for people looking to wean themselves off cigarettes. To use a nicotine patch place it on the hip, trunk, or upper arm, and to ensure adhesion, it should be pressed on for 10-20 seconds.

The challenging thing about using patches is that they are not very discreet because people can easily spot them, and once they see them, they’ll assume you are, or were, a smoker.


At the end of the day, smoking affects the body in numerous ways that most people were never aware of. By understanding how bad smoking really is, and knowing the different ways to combat the habit, we can become healthier and live better. Try these alternatives out and make the choice to be much healthy, today.

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