Smoking and Physical Activity
- Smoking keeps you from reaching your highest level of athletic performance.
- Smoking slows your reaction time.
- Smoking lessens your stamina.
- Smoking causes coughing and shortness of breath.
- Smoking decreases the oxygen carrying capacity of your blood.
- This causes the heart to work harder and increases your heart rate.
- The muscles have less oxygen and don’t function as well.
- People who smoke have more colds, sore throats and respiratory infections each year.
- Smoking delays healing of many common sports injuries.
- Smoking during the teenage years, slows the rate that the lungs grow.
- Smoking during adolescence causes deficits in lung function consistent with early signs of obstructive airway disease.
Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids. Research and Data: Factsheets: Smoking and Decreased Physical Performance. Available at: http://tobaccofreekids.org/research/factsheets/