Many Doctors warn of the dangers of smoking-related diseases like lung cancer, heart disease and stroke.
It has been widely reported that tobacco smoke contains over 60 types of cancer causing substances.
For instance, smoking is understood to be the cause of 90% of all lung cancer.
Studies conducted by Japan's National Cancer Center show that among those who smoke 20 cigarettes every day, starting at age 20, 1 out of 6 will die from lung cancer. Contraction and/or aging of the veins from smoking triggers myocardial or cerebral infraction.
Smoking has also been identified as contributing to periodontal disease, the cause of tooth and gum decay.
It has been proven that smoking reduces your longevity.
It is misleading if you consider cigarettes as recreational or a mood enhancer.
In addition, smoking increase the risk of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD), a devastating pulmonary illness.
What is COPD?
The world Health Organization (WHO) ranks COPD as the fourth leading cause of death in the world. In Japan, 1 in 12 people is suspected of having COPD.
Common symptoms in the early stages of COPD are coughs which lead to the presence of phlegm with the progression of the disease.
It is difficult to notice if you have contracted COPD and harder to reverse the effects once contracted.
When the lungs fail because of inflammation breathing becomes difficult. Smokers who notice short of breath from climbing or descending stairs and might cough up phlegm even though they don't have a cold should be especially careful.
COPD is life threatening especially when it advances to the stage where respiratory or heart failure can occur. Currently there is no available treatment for COPD but the first step in treatment the disease is quitting smoking.
Habitual smoking puts you at risk for this incurable disease.
The best preventative method is to quit. If you started smoking from an early age and are a heavy smoker, this will increase your chance of COPD. Stop smoking now and live a longer, healthier life.
Smokers themselves may not be fully aware of it, but their clothes as well as those of their family members/roommates likely have a strong smoke smell stuck to them.
Tobacco odor can be particularly obnoxious for non-smokers and when attached to clothes it can follow people around without their being conscious of it.
Getting rid of impacted cigarette smell can be a struggle, however this time we will list three simple ways to remove (or at least drastically reduce) the impact of smokey smells on clothes.
Hang clothes in a humid place
Generally, smells are comprised of a soup of many different chemicals. Even if one component can be eliminated, there is a possibility that another will continue to leech odor.
Each of these scent components can also have different properties, which in turn can make it a challenge to completely deodorize an object, such as clothing or fabric, and it can take some time to get the odor out.
Humidity is a key tool in removing odor, as scent molecules will tend to latch on to water molecules.
A simple tactic is to place clothes laced with tobacco odor in a bathroom with high humidity (e.g. just after showering).
Moisture will cover the fabric surface. As it evaporates, many of the various cigarette odor components will be wicked away as well.
You can also spray a mist of water on clothes (e.g. shirt, jeans) and dry them outside in the sun. This will have a similar result.
With the same principle, you can spray iron steam on your clothes.
In this case, be sure that if you steam clothes clean, that you also use a fan to allow air circulation so that odor molecules don’t land back on clothes.
Use deodorizers or activated charcoal
Sometimes using moisture may not be enough. Activated charcoal is a simple, low-cost way of deodorizing objects.
There are countless small holes in the activated charcoal.
These pores allow charcoal to absorb many of the odors that cling even to the fine fibers of clothes.
By placing clothes in a plastic bag overnight together with activated charcoal, tobacco odor components can be removed.
Also, keep in mind that certain products, such as leather and suede, are sensitive to moisture and drying.
Leather goods can not be recommended for humid areas because it will cause bruising when using moisture or steaming.
Activated charcoal should not, however, present a problem.
For leather goods with particularly heavy tobacco smells, it is better to use a leather cleaner suitable for leather goods – or have them cleaned by a professional.
Wash clothes early or send them out for cleaning
One of the best ways to eliminate cigarette smell is to wash clothes as soon as you think that they smell.
Select garments, such as coats, may best be cleaned by professionals who are adept at removing odors.
Keeping less-worn items in airtight garment bags can be a good way of minimizing odor as well.
Bear in mind that the smell of cigarettes means that harmful substances contained in tobacco smoke are also adhering to clothes.
Among these, tar is a sticky ingredient, and it can not be removed easily if it adheres. Left untouched, it will cause deterioration of clothes as well, so washing clothes soon and regularly is important not just for odor control, but for preservation of clothes, too.
Cigarette odor easily attaches itself to clothing and fabrics. In order to stop smelling like a smoker, finding ways to regularly remove smoke odor from clothing is important.
This can be done in several ways, and not just through washing.
Have you encountered any additional effective ways to remove cigarette odor from clothes?
Please share them below.
Cigarettes are known to have an adverse effect on various parts of the body, and skin is no exception.
Ever look at people around your age and wonder why smokers tend to look older, while everyone else tends to look around the same age?
Smokers’ skin can have a certain texture and appearance that outwardly shows the extent of their habit.
One of the often undermentioned advantages of smoking cessation is that the skin environment can also improve as well, helping smokers look more their own age after quitting.
This time we will discuss about the relationship between cigarettes and skin and how skin condition changes after quitting smoking.
Why is tobacco harmful to the skin
So why does tobacco cause damage to the skin in the first place?
Although there are a variety of reasons, two immediate and key ones boil down to a lack of vitamin C and to a decreased amount of blood flow/active oxygen in the body.
First of all, vitamin C is said to be an indispensable vitamin to maintain beautiful skin. In addition, since vitamin C is not produced in the body, it must be taken in from food such as vegetables and fruits.
Smoking actually will destroy the vitamin C necessary for skin – the habit can reduce up to 40% the body’s supply of the vitamin. It’s said that smokers can be in a state of chronic vitamin C deficiency as a result, and given that absorption of some vitamins encourages better absorption of other vitamins, smokers can be at a risk for decreased levels of these as well.
Even if you take vitamin C from food, it will still be lost in the process of smoking. As a result, the body lacks this key chemical compound needed to maintain beautiful skin.
Nicotine in tobacco is also said to cause the deterioration of blood flow as well as the increase of active oxygen, which “rusts” the body and boosts oxidation. It seems that mainstream smoke and secondhand smoke have also been found to adversely affect the skin.
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Skin damage appears due to the bad influence of smoking as mentioned above. One of the most common appearance changes is in the form of wrinkles.
Smokers’ skin often to appear older due to the more pronounced presence of wrinkles. In particular for women, wrinkles present an issue because it can cause the appearance to look several years – or even a decade in some cases – older than the actual age.
It is also known that the skin of smokers tends to darken. This is also caused by tobacco tar in smoke as well as the compounding effect of vitamin C deficiency.
Some women may think that because they use cosmetics to help “heal” the skin, it’s not so much of a problem, however concealing tobacco skin with makeup will only go so far.
The spread of pimples and blackheads are also an example of adverse effects due to smoking.
If you care about your skin’s future, you should really choose to quit smoking.
Never give up! Skin beauty skin effect will surely appear
Even if you are a relatively conservative (light) smoker, many of the adverse effects described above will nevertheless appear, though onset may be delayed somewhat.
We still think it’s a brilliant idea for your health overall to consider quitting smoking.
When you do quit, your skin’s beauty won’t return overnight, however you will likely start seeing results in the mirror in as little as around 2 weeks.
As blood flow begins to return and vitamin levels readjust and normalize, you’ll start noticing that your skin has a changed texture with fewer wrinkles and spotting.
Connecting these small changes to motivation is also a secret to smoking cessation. It’s a good idea to set a goal of quitting for two weeks for your skin!
Although there are some people who are indifferent to their appearance, I think that most people care somewhat about their presentation to others.
Every time you smoke over the years, your skin will gradually erode and bear witness to smoking’s toxic effects.
If you decide today to start quitting smoking and take steps to take better care of your body and skin, you’ll feel the positive effects of your decision for the rest of your life.