She noted that “There is no single body  system that is not affected by smoking because it has to do with the oxygen that we breath in our body.

She emphasized that When you smoke, “your red blood cells stop transporting oxygen because they are transporting carbon monoxide (CO), which adheres more easily to the red blood cells, and you begin to have bad blood circulation towards the whole body, the brain, arms and legs.” ” that is why smokers have black lips and very red hands

However, the carbon monoxide from cigarettes is between 4,000 and 7,000 chemical compounds, more than 60 of them carcinogenic.

As may 31 marks the World No Tobacco Day,  to raise public awareness of tobacco addiction’s impact on cardiovascular health, Ms Ocampo said, “Heart ailments are the diseases that predominate among smokers.”

According to her, a smoker’s body tends to compensate for the lack of oxygen by producing too many red blood cells, making the blood thicker, while the nicotine in cigarettes hardens the arteries. thereby causes cardiovascular diseases

Most women that smokes are liable to have  cervical and breast cancers, and “their skin gets older  quickly,” while men that smoke, “have a greater predisposition for prostate and bladder cancers,” she included.

More over, the advantage there is that the moment a smoker quits smoking, his body refreshes back again.

“The first thing that happens is that there is more oxygen (and) the detoxification begins.”

To quit tobacco addiction, it is important  to“drink more water, have enough rest, exercise your body and seek recreational activities that is not linked to smoking.” she added