March 2014 The International E-magazine on Adolescent Health; Nutrition and Your Circulatory and Respiratory Systems Marian Lozano A01193757 Roberta Vazquez A01193659 Katia Leal A01193565 Chelina Garcia A01193603 Ana Sofia Guajardo A01193767 Smoking Effects On The Body Smoking is one of the various ways to damage your body; it consists of inhaling and exhaling fumes from tobacco. This started many years ago (near the 1500’s) and hasn’t stopped since. Facts: • Many people believe that smoking relieves them from stress. • It doesn’t only affect the respiratory system; it affects other parts of the body making cancer easier to happen. • People believe that smoking keeps them warm, it doesn’t. What carcinogens are found in the cigarette smoke? Smoking doesn’t only affect the one doing it; it also affects the people that inhale the fumes. This happens because of the many carcinogens (“substance that causes a series of genetic alterations to occur that lead to the formation of cancerous growths” - eHow) found in them. There is a vast list of carcinogens found in cigarette smoke and some of them include: Benzene, TSNAs, Pesticides, Arsenic, Cadmium, Ammonia, Carbon Monoxide, Nicotine, and so much more. How can smoking affect your respiratory system? There are many ways in which smoking can affect your body in a negative way. The respiratory system is the most affected organ system in our body. It can irritate the trachea and the larynx, causing difficulty in eating and breathing, it also causes coughing. It may start causing difficulties when doing exercise, people start feeling more tired and getting less air. It also causes and excess amount of mucus in the lungs blocking the air that is being breathed, it also can cause lung cancer, which can’t be cured.