Smoking and Respiratory Disease
Smoking can cause lung disease by damaging your airways and the small air sacs (alveoli) found in your lungs.
Lung diseases caused by smoking include COPD, which includes emphysema and chronic bronchitis.
Cigarette smoking causes most cases of lung cancer.
How does smoking affect lung function?
The effects of tobacco smoke on the respiratory system include: irritation of the trachea (windpipe) and larynx (voice box) reduced lung function and breathlessness due to swelling and narrowing of the lung airways and excess mucus in the lung passages. permanent damage to the air sacs of the lungs.
How long does it take for smoking to affect your lungs?
Smoking for less than one week can inhibit your lungs’ performance. It doesn’t take long for smoking’s effects to damage the body. Actually, it only takes about five to seven days. Since a cigarette fills your lungs with dangerous chemicals, the lungs can’t make a full recovery.
How many cigarettes does it take to mess up your lungs?
Researchers say that people who smoke five cigarettes a day are doing almost as much damage to their lungs as people who smoke 30 cigarettes a day. They say it takes “light” smokers about 1 year to develop as much lung damage as “heavy” smoking does in 9 months.
How hot is cigarette smoke in your lungs?
Temperatures reach 900°C during a puff and fall to about 400°C between puffs (Guerin 1987).