How Does Smoking Hurt Your Body?

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Smoking hurts the body in a variety of ways, including damaging the heart and blood vessels, causing cancer and weakening the bones and skin. Discover how every part of the body can be affected by smoking with help from a pulmonary disease research expert in this free video on the effects of smoking.

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Hello, I am Dr. David Burns, I'm a professor emeritus at the University of California San Diego School of Medicine. Cigarette smoking causes damage to almost every part of the body. It damages your heart and your blood vessels. It causes cancer, cancer of the mouth, lip, tongue, vocal cords, esophagus, the tube through which you swallow. Stomach, pancreas, your urinary bladder and your kidney as well as leukemia. In addition, it causes extensive damage to the lung called chronic obstructive lung disease. Beyond that, it also damages your bones causing a weakening process of the bones called osteoporosis, causes wrinkling of the skin, and causes a variety of other problems including problems with ulcer disease in the stomach and a decreased exercise capacity. It increases the likelihood that you're going to miss time from work because of illness, increases your susceptibility to diseases like influenza and a variety of other infectious diseases. So the effect of inhaling cigarette smoke on a regular basis is that it damages almost every organ of the body.

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