Your immune system can become compromised by any number of means including smoking.
One of the most common ways that this happens is with the introduction of foreign chemicals into the bloodstream, especially chemicals that affect blood flow or that introduce contaminants into the blood. Since nicotine (among the thousands of other chemicals found in cigarette smoke) does both of these things, cigarette smoking absolutely does have an adverse effect on your immune system.
Immune Cells and Immune Cell Damage
Smoking compromises the body’s immune system by forcing cells and antibodies whose job it is to protect the body from the biological threats to pull double duty. The antibodies have to contend with invading foreign bodies on top of the threats inherent with the chemicals you are purposefully introducing into your body through cigarettes.
Infections and Malignant Diseases
Associations have been made between cigarette smoking and increased incidents of various diseases including respiratory infections and various forms of cancer. Cigarette smokers also have a smaller number of immune cells to begin with, owing to the effects of the chemicals in cigarettes destroying them and impeding their ability to multiply.
When you inhale cigarette smoke, you are facilitating the distribution of cancer-causing chemicals to every organ in your body, not just your lungs. Lung and oesophageal cancers are most common owing to the direct contact and absorption of these chemicals into the surrounding tissue, but smoking can cause or speed up the development of cancer ANYWHERE in the body.
Is the Damage caused by smoking Reversible?
Various studies have shown that when a person stops smoking, the levels of immune cells in the body increases significantly and rapidly. In other words, the damage that you are doing to your body in this regard is stoppable and reversible if you quit before the onset of a serious illness. This is why it is so important that you make strides to quit now, before any real problems develop.
Damage that has not escalated to infection or disease has an excellent chance of being reversed simply by quitting smoking, but more serious conditions such as malignant cancers cannot. If you quit right now, you may be able to prevent or reverse any of the following:
- Irritation of the lungs and oesophagus
- Lung Tissue Damage
- Elevated or high blood pressure
- Elevated and irregular heart rate
- Pneumonia, bronchitis, emphysema and influenza
Get Help Quitting Today
I have been helping people just like you kick the smoking habit and enjoy a completely smoke-free life through the aid of my breakthrough hypnosis therapy services. Throughout Australia, people are experiencing a renewed sense of wellness, feeling more energetic and having few to no cravings at all for nicotine after trying my time-tested methods.
Does breaking your addiction without fear of any of the negative side effects of quitting (such as weight gain) appeal to you? If so, please consider what I can do for you and contact me today. I work with clients in-office, via telephone and over Skype.
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