Smoking is injurious to health. Everyone has heard this and many are, thankfully, realizing its truth. But there are many who only consider that only active, habitual or chain smoking is bad for health, and that puffing a cigarette once in a while won’t do any harm to their bodies.
However, the fact is that smoking even a single cigarette can cause damage to the body, especially lungs and heart.
Even studies conducted way back in 2010 have shown that smoking a single cigarette can cause immediate harm to our body and trigger the risk of heart diseases and cancer. Every time the cigarette smoke enters the human body, the tobacco immediately reaches lungs, irrespective of whether it is one time smoking, casual smoking, habitual smoking or even passive smoking.
The potential damage to the respiratory system alone caused by smoking even one cigarette is appropriately shown by this video in which a woman has created a working model of a human puffing a cigarette.
She inserts a white tissue paper in the artificial respiratory tract and uses a pump to ‘inhale’ the smoke of a cigarette. She then removes the tissue after it has absorbed all the smoke to find that it has turned brown. The stark difference between a similar but new tissue and the one which has absorbed smoke is really shocking!
The transformation that the tissue undergoes is precisely what happens to the lungs of those who smoke. Even one cigarette, or occasional puffs, cause immense damage to the lungs. Layers of tar get deposited on lungs, thereby affecting the entire body.
The smoke of tobacco that gets deposited in lungs also causes stiffness in the arteries which makes the heart work harder, thereby increasing the risk of stroke and other heart-related ailments. Apart from this, smoking also leads to a weak immune system, infertility, deteriorated bone health, risk of diabetes and arthritis and an overall deterioration in health.
This simply means that one does not have to be a heavy smoker in order to realize or suffer the effects of tobacco puffing. Even an occasional or secondary exposure to the smoke can cause a lot of damage to cells, DNA, heart and lungs of human body, also increasing the risk of cancer.