Smoking is one of the biggest causes of illness and death in the UK and a shocking clip has revealed the damage it can do to your lungs.
About seven out of ten lung cancer cases are caused by smoking, as smokers are inhaling nicotine and other chemicals.
There are countless risks associated with smoking including oral cancer, kidney cancer, and liver cancer.
It can also harm your heart and circulatory system.
This can lead to heart attack, stroke, coronary heart disease and damaged blood vessels.
Student Muhammad Ahmad, 26, from Pakistan conducted a small-scale experiment to describe what smoking just 10 cigarettes can do to the lungs.
The video shows him using a water bottle and covering the top with cotton wool.
He then cut a hole in the cap and poked a cigarette through it, before lighting the cigarette.
After lighting the cigarette, the bottle starts to fill with smoke, with the water in the bottle seemingly flowing down and the bottle getting more and more smokey until you can’t see through anymore.
This process is repeated ten times, with the cotton swab at the top of the bottle getting darker and darker.
Then, Muhammad opened the lid and took out the completely soaked cotton ball.
It is dark yellow with a slightly brownish top and the rim of the bottle is also tinted a light brown – indicating the harmful effects of smoking.
He then placed a fresh cotton ball next to the one that had been exposed to ten cigarettes to show the difference.
“The simplicity of the white cotton shows visually what is going on in your lungs and what your body has to deal with,” says Muhammad.
“I was shocked with the results. This is what can happen in your lungs.
“The lungs are self-cleaning and they process dust and debris from normal breathing in the environment. They didn’t mean to be overwhelmed with smoke for hours.
5 tips to quit smoking that you need to know
Parvinder Sagoo, pharmacist and clinician at SimplyMedsOnline revealed their top tips for kicking the habit.
- Think about why you should or want to quit:Instead of just quitting on a whim and without really having any particular reason, you should try to think about the exact reason for quitting, whether it’s health, family, or work. Writing these things down, as well as the benefits that come from quitting, will allow you to understand the importance of quitting and will help you quit for good.
- Decided to quit smoking and stay with it: Telling friends, family, and co-workers about your plan to quit smoking will help with the process, as they will know that you shouldn’t offer any cigarettes or may offer support. Once you know you’re going to quit, it’s time to start moving into a quit date and strategy.
- Decide on a date and prepare yourself to stop: Set yourself a date when you will quit, make sure all cigarettes, e-cigarettes and other items are removed from your home, car and office by this date so that you not tempted.
- Stop smoking: On the day you quit smoking, you should mentally prepare yourself and get rid of everything that has to do with smoking. You may want to bring supplies that will help with this process, such as nicotine patches, gums or sprays.
- Stay away from tobacco and smoking – never start again: This is the hard bit, stick to it. However, the longer you don’t smoke, the more likely you are to quit for good. The first two weeks are the hardest part, try to avoid things that might set you back like drinking, socializing in pubs or joining outside smokers at work.
“Only one thing should get into your lungs, and that’s air!”
There are many ways that you can get help if you are trying to stop smoking and the NHS announced last month that smokers trying to quit will be prescribed e-cigarettes on the NHS.
This is part of the Health Minister’s campaign to crack down on tobacco addiction Sajid Javid,
The spring white paper aims to promote health to the world first by approving vapes.
The move comes after the Medicines and Healthcare products Administration approved the devices late last year.
A Whitehall insider said: “Mr Javid has made it clear that he wants to promote health – tackling the smoking problem is part of that. The MHRA has opened its doors to vapes prescribing. “
The scheme aims to tackle the shocking healthy life expectancy divide of 18.6 years in the UK. Blackpool has the lowest healthy life expectancy for men – with those born there possibly as young as 53.3 years in good health.
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