Every year, when the weather gets warm, thoughts turn to cleaning house, top to bottom. Right? Ha! If you're like us, then you're more likely to head out for a game of frisbee or picnic in a park. But Spring Cleaning has its benefits. It feels good to shake out the old and welcome in a fresh new season. It's such a common practice, but its roots are mysterious and unconfirmed, dating back to ancient times.
The big risk factors for smokers are well-known and well-worn in online discussions (even on this here blog). But like those stacking Russian "matroyshka" dolls, within each layer of health hazards lies another, more subtle (but equally sinister) risk. For example: did you know that smoking is routinely linked to decreased circulation in the hands and feet? This is painful at best, and in extreme cases can cause gangrene and require amputation of one or more extremities. Whoa! There's also a whole slew of digestion-related issues, like ulcers and inflammation of the intestines. We think of smoking as hazardous to the respiratory system, but really it can affect all our bodies' functions.