Substituting your cigarette with Pipes, dissolvable tobacco, hookers or cigars will not lessen the risk associated with using tobacco products. The World Health Organization (WHO) indicates that tobacco is solely the greatest source of preventable death across the world. And, at least half tobacco smokers die as a result of tobacco smoking. Research from WHO estimates that tobacco results in around 6 million deaths, out of which 10% of the deaths occur to non-smokers because of secondhand smoke.

In the United States the Centre for Disease control and prevention indicates that tobacco use is the leading factor in the primal cause of premature death across the globe. In fact, tobacco smoker’s mortality rate is three times higher than that of nonsmokers. American Lungs association indicates that tobacco contain at least 600 ingredients, the tobacco smoke actually generates more than 7000 chemicals that are mostly associated with cancer.

On the same note, all tobacco products contain a very harmful substance called nicotine. Nicotine is a super addictive psychoactive drug that results in psychological and physical dependency to the users. Whether you smoke, ingest or otherwise chew nicotine the effects are immediate and detrimental. Nicotine rapidly travels in the bloodstream and heads straight to the brain. In the brain, nicotine releases chemicals that have a psychological effect on human. For instance, the hormone adrenaline accelerates the blood pressure, heart rate and interferes with normal breathing.

In actual sense, there are numerous harms associated with using tobacco products that at times the actual effect of nicotine is actually disregarded. The nicotine found in tobacco adversely affects almost every system in the humans’ body. Some of the effects are immediate while others are quite prolonged. Slowly the prolonged use of tobacco results in a buildup of nicotine in the body that results in fatigue weakened immunity and other innumerable health effects. Prolonged use results in damages of the heart, liver, lungs, and arteries potentially increasing the risk of stroke, type 2 diabetes, hypertension, heart attacks and chronic lung diseases such as chronic bronchitis and emphysema.

As a matter of fact, nicotine found in tobacco products prevents the body’s system from effectively disposing of damaged cells, thus increasing the potential of cancerous cells to develop, particularly, lung cancer, mouth cancer, colorectal, pancreatic and larynx cancer. Women who smoke tobacco are more likely to suffer from extreme consequences. For instance, the infertility rate in women who smoke tobacco is actually higher compared to nonsmokers. The use of tobacco is also a major factor in miscarriages among active tobacco users and also results in other fetus related problems such as ectopic pregnancy, sudden infant death, low birth weight, premature births and even orofacial clefts that occur when a baby’s mouth or lips fail to develop properly. On the other hand, it is estimated that incidences of erectile dysfunction are actually 85% higher in active tobacco users than their counterparts.  On the same note, tobacco use is also related to cognitive dysfunction. Apparently, it appears that Alzheimer’s disease, cognitive decline, and dementia is increasingly higher in active tobacco users than non-smokers.

While advance effects are mostly tagged to prolonged use of tobacco, the harmful effects of the same is also detrimental to short-term users given the psycho-chemical dependency of nicotine. Altogether, even nonsmokers are at risk of environmental tobacco smoke or second-hand smoke that astonishingly has an adverse effect to people of all age groups. On the flip side, in multiple respects, tobacco smoke has been used as a form of self-meditation, especially for schizophrenics. Apparently, studies also confirm that incidences of Parkinson’s disease are actually lower in tobacco users compared to nonusers. Altogether, the paradox presented in tobacco use, specifically, the benefits have in a large part been inconclusive.