Cigarette smoke contains thousands of chemicals and these toxic, cancer-causing chemicals do not stay just in the lungs. The smoke entering the lungs gets absorbed into the blood and the chemicals are distributed throughout the body. Smoking is a great way to deliver toxic chemicals that will damage the DNA in the cells of almost every organ in the body increasing the risk of cancer in the following organs (among others):
- Larynx (throat)
- Cervix (in women)
- Colon and rectum
- Acute myeloid leukemia (AML)
Some lesser known impacts of smoking are increased risks of lung infections, osteoporosis, and poor wound healing. Certain diseases like rheumatoid arthritis and psoriasis are worsened by smoking.
Almost all of these risks decrease when smokers quit.
This information is not, nor is it intended to be, a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment, and should never be relied upon for specific medical advice. If you have any questions or concerns, please talk to your doctor.