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Smoking Makes it Harder to Build Muscle

Illustration of a no-smoking signPub Med: 17609255 shows that there is less muscle growth in the body of smokers as compared to non-smokers.

We can add this to our list of side effects to smoking.

Aside from the risks of lung cancer and heart disease, smoking can affect your bodies ability to build muscle tissue as well.

Here are some reasons to quit smoking:

87 percent of lung cancer deaths are caused by smoking

Smoking is also considered to contribute to or even cause many other disease such as: heart and blood vessel disease, lung disease, cataracts and strokes.

Greater risk for pregnancy problems has also been established. There is even a correlation to sudden infant death.

Tobacco smoke contains over 60 substances that are known to cause cancer

Annually, thirty percent of all cancer deaths are directly attributable to cigarette smoking in the United States.

Nicotine does not cause cancer, the other chemicals in the smoke do. Some research does indicate that nicotine might contribute to tumor growth.

Nicotine causes an initial elevated feeling of energy when it hits the brain about 30 seconds after entering the body. Then there is a subsequent low feeling after the effect wears off. This causes the smoker to want to smoke again.

The cycle repeats itself. This is much like the cycle of any other drug addiction.

Quit Smoking Resources

– Dave

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