We all know that smoking is bad for you. In fact, it’s just about the worst thing you can do to your body. Over 4,000 compounds are found in cigarette smoke and many of them are toxic and carcinogenic; that means they cause cancer! To make matters worse, smoking is responsible for several other diseases, such as respiratory illnesses and heart disease.
Over 440,000 people in the USA die because of smoking each year. According the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), $92 billion are costs each year from lost productivity resulting from smoking-related deaths. (source: Medical News Today)
Smoking also slows down wound-healing too. For example, burn wounds take longer to heal on a smoker according to a recent article published in Advances In Skin and Wound Care. The literature shows that smoking decreases tissue oxygenation and metabolism temporarily. That means oxygen can’t get to the wound to heal it.
Tobacco use has also been linked to prolonged healing time and greater risk for complications in orthopaedic and other surgeries, according to a new study presented at the 2013 Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS). So if you’re hoping for a speedy recovery from that recent hip surgery, put down the smokes!
And don’t be fooled by the new E-Cigarettes. With nicotine itself containing over 7,000 chemicals, 70 of which are cancerous, the nicotine levels in E-Cigarettes tend to be around 10-15% higher than those found in a regular cigarette.
So, it’s pretty clear that nicotine slows wound healing by impeding tissue oxygenation and a whole bunch of other really awful effects. Put down the nicotine and enjoy a healthier lifestyle!