Smoking is the root cause of illness to many parts of your body, but your throat is especially vulnerable. Every time tobacco is inhaled, your throat is exposed to more than 7,000 chemicals, of those chemicals, roughly 70 are known to cause cancer with hundreds more being toxic. The effects of smoking on the throat range from minor irritation to cancer.
Did you know 1 in 8 cancer cases are caused by smoking, and smoking can cause sixteen different types of cancer? It’s never too late to quit smoking, the body starts to repair itself 6 hours after the last cigarette and the risks of smoking will continually decrease after that.
In addition to cancer, there are many ENT disorders that can be caused by smoking. Some are more irritations than health risks, but they all impact your quality of life. It is important to remember, that the list below may occur from secondhand exposure to tobacco smoke even if you do not smoke. Children who live in homes where parents or other individuals smoke indoors are especially at risk for these disorders.
ENT Related Problems Associated with Smoking:
- Cancer of the mouth, throat, nose, and sinuses
- Oesophageal cancer
- Cleft Lip and Palate
- Thyroid disorders
- Chronic laryngitis
- Loss of taste or smell
- Ringing in your ears (tinnitus)
- Throat pain/Hoarseness
- Ear infections
- Bad breath
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, approximately 45.3 million adults within the United States smoke cigarettes, estimating about 440,000 deaths each year. Aside from deaths, there are an additional 8.5 million people who suffer from smoking-related and second-hand smoke chronic illnesses. By quitting now, it can both increase your current health state as well as considerably reduce your risk for developing ENT disorders related to smoking. If you are having any related ENT issues, please contact us today at the ENT Institute!