Cigarette smoke, unless you are doing something very wrong and/or original, comes through your mouth. First it stains your teeth but that’s no problem – a bit of elbow grease and stain remover and you are as good as new. The bigger problem is that smoking decreases amount of air in your gums and stimulates growth of bacteria. That’s why gum disease and tooth loss in adults is much more common in smokers. You can read here why cigarette is bad at calming you and it looks like it’s not that good for your health as well. But that is not important to you – you prefer smoothies anyways. Let’s see what cigarette smoke does to your stomach. Your stomach is a bucket of acid which you use to digest food. It’s in your best interest to keep that acid in this bucket. You have special valve that does that. Smoking allows acid to flow into food pipe and for those times when you are not sucking on a cigarette, smoking conveniently has weakened this valve. This way smoking lets you realize your childhood dream of being a dragon by giving you heartburn. Unfortunately it’s not all good news as smoking continues its mission and messes up with production of acid and protection of your bucket.
Have you ever thought “how come acid dissolves my food but doesn’t dissolve me?” That’s because stomach is a place of harmony and peace. Once you start introducing cigarette smoke or other crap it’s like you are throwing stones at a sleeping lion. It will eventually wake up and tear your face off. In this case smoking messes up the stomach balance and you get painful sores, called ulcers, in your stomach. Ulcers are more likely to heal if you stop smoking. Smoking does its magic on your organs indirectly as well. Good example is your liver. It is a filter that cleans your blood. When you smoke you add large amounts of additional chemicals to your blood and those are not vitamins. Every filter has its limit. Smoking adds large quantities of toxins and increases oxidative stress on liver. Liver of a person who smokes is worse at filtering blood and is at a greater risk to shutting down completely. Help your liver by quitting smoking. Another “advantage” smokers have is an increased chance of getting Crohn’s disease. This disease helps you better understand jokes about diarrhea and stomach pain by making them painfully relatable. It is an inflammatory disease which can affect you anywhere in your digestive system – from anus to mouth. Smoking increases the risk of getting this disease significantly and if you suffer from frequent stomach pains, diarrhea and experience fever and weight loss – see doctor and quit smoking! Finally smoking greatly increases the risk of developing cancer. Cancer is your own cell one day deciding that it does not want to be a productive member of this society. Smoking is a bad influence that pushes cells to turn to the dark side. Cigarette smoke bombards your cells with radioactivity and toxins that stimulate these negative mutations. This is why smoking is a leading cause of mouth, lip, voice box, lung, esophagus, stomach, pancreas, liver, colon and rectum cancer.