The Diseases Caused by Smoking

There are many serious and often fatal diseases caused by smoking.

The most common of these are:

Atherosclerosis - this is the build-up of fatty deposits and loss of elasticity in the artery walls which can lead to a range of diseases including strokes, peripheral vascular disease and gangrene, and aortic and other aneurysms

Buerger's disease, which can also lead to gangrene.

  1. Cancers
  2. Lung
  3. Mouth, nose and throat
  4. Larynx
  5. Oesophagus
  6. Pancreas
  7. Bladder
  8. Stomach
  9. Leukaemia
  10. Kidney
  11. Respiratory
  12. Chronic bronchitis, emphysema and other lung diseases
  13. Recurrent infections in the airways
  14. Damage and loss of efficiency in the lungs

Peptic ulcers (these are ulcers in the stomach and duodenum increase both in incidence and the time they take to heal.

Tobacco amblyopia (defective vision)

Effects on fertility.

Smoking can also increase the incidence and severity of everyday complaints which people often do not realise are related to their smoking such as coughing, sneezing and shortness of breath when they exertthemselves.

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