What are the symptoms of smoking and smoking-related diseases?
There are many signs and symptoms of smoking and smoking-related diseases including addiction to nicotine, a harmful substance found in tobacco.
Symptoms of smoking and smoking-related diseases
Symptoms of smoking and related diseases, disorders and conditions include:
Bad breath and yellowing of the teeth
Cold hands and feet
Frequent or recurrent lung infections and other diseases, such as influenza, common colds, bronchitis, and pneumonia
Hypertension (high blood pressure) and rapid heart rate
Loss of taste and smell
Low oxygen levels in the blood
Low tolerance for exercise and fatigue
Nicotine-stained fingers and teeth
Premature aging and wrinkling of the skin
Shortness of breath and difficulty breathing
Smoker's cough (an ongoing loose cough that produces phlegm) and hoarse voice
Smoky-smelling clothes and hair
Symptoms of smoking cessation
If you are a smoker who attempts to quit smoking, you may experience symptoms of nicotine withdrawal. Symptoms of nicotine withdrawal decrease over time and will eventually go away. Symptoms of nicotine addiction and nicotine withdrawal include:
Cravings for tobacco
Serious symptoms that might indicate a life-threatening condition
Long-term smoking can result in serious and life-threatening diseases and conditions, such as oral cancer, lung cancer, heart disease, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), and pneumonia. Seek prompt medical care if you have sores or ulcers in your mouth that do not heal, which could be a symptom of oral cancer, or a cough that does not go away, which is a possible symptom of lung cancer.
Seek immediate medical care (call 911) if you, or someone you are with, have any of these potentially symptoms:
What is smoking?
Smoking is an unhealthy behavior that can become an addiction. Smoking is the most important preventable cause of premature death in the United States, according to the American Heart Association (Source: AHA).
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What causes smoking?
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that 46 million people in the United States (18 years of age and older) smoke cigarettes. Smoking is more common in men than women and appears to be prevalent across a variety of different ethnic groups. The highest percentage of smokers is in the 25 to 44-year old age group. http://www.cdc.gov/tobacco/data_statistics/fact_sheets/adult... Read more about smokingcauses
How is smoking treated?
Quitting smoking is a very challenging undertaking that often requires several attempts before you can successfully and permanently quit. The best way to quit smoking is through a multifaceted smoking cessation program that includes perseverance, the support of the people close to the smoker, and often nicotine replacement therapy.