Smokers generally experience more anxiety, stress and depression than non-smokers.
Smoking is also a major cause of stroke. Strokes occur when an artery carrying blood to the brain suddenly becomes blocked, causing part of the brain to die. This can cause loss of movement, vision or speech.
Benefit of quitting
Five years after quitting smoking, your risk of stroke has significantly reduced.
You’re also more likely to reduce your stress levels by becoming a non-smoker.
Smoking causes coronary heart disease and increases the risk of other heart and blood vessel diseases. Blockages in certain arteries can lead to heart attack and reduced blood supply to the heart can cause permanent damage to heart muscles.
Smoking causes lung cancer. It’s the leading cause of cancer deaths in Australia.
Irritants in cigarette smoke can damage the air sacs in the lungs and cause emphysema. Over time, this makes breathing difficult, with some smokers becoming breathless even after minor exertion.
Smoking weakens blood flow to the penis and smokers are twice as likely to have erectile problems.
Smoking can cause your nails to turn yellow.
Smoking causes the skin to lose its elasticity and age prematurely.
Teeth can turn yellow when tar from cigarettes gets stuck in cracks of tooth enamel.
Smoking causes throat cancer, including tumours in the area behind the nose and mouth.