14 May '11, 1am

Your Body on... Smoking | Care2 Healthy & Green Living

Your Body on... Smoking | Care2 Healthy & Green Living

If you think lighting up on girls’ nights out is a harmless vice, think again. By Laura Beil, Women’s Health The average cigarette is gone in 10 puffs and five minutes, but that’s five minutes of havoc as 4,000 chemicals infiltrate your organs. 0 to 10 Seconds As you take the first drag, smoke passes through your mouth, leaving a faint brown film on your pearly whites. Toxic gases such as formaldehyde and ammonia immediately put your immune system on alert, causing allover inflammation. 8 Ways to beat bad breath . Once in the windpipe, the cigarette smoke temporarily slows your cilia, the tiny sweepers that work to clear your respiratory system of mucus and invading particles. Meanwhile, airborne nicotine passes instantly into your bloodstream through the millions of capillaries in your lungs. Your body gets a jolt of energy as that nicotine hits your adrenal glands, trigg...

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