New evidence suggests smoking and being exposed to secondhand smoke can harm the body sooner rather than later, according to a report from the U.S. Surgeon General.
The most severe and immediate effects smoking has on one's body consist of physical changes that may lead to cancer, heart attacks, lung disease and many other serious illnesses. In addition, the report notes that the reproductive systems of men and women may also be negatively impacted.
Flavoring ingredients that contain chemicals and other filter ventilations added to cigarettes over the years have made the product more addictive, says the report. Now more nicotine is delivered straight to the brain, which is making it more difficult for smokers to quit.
On top of increasing the risk of developing diseases, constant cigarette use may have a negative impact on the aging process as well. The report noted that 400,000 Americans are killed each year by consuming tobacco products and it costs approximately $100 billion in health care funding annually.
Decreasing tobacco intake and consistently exercising while following a strict diet may help people decrease the risk of developing serious diseases like cancer. Those who follow a healthy lifestyle are also prone to paying less for life insurance premiums.