Facts about Tobacco and Cigarettes

How tobacco affects your body

How tobacco affects your body (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

Thank you Gauri for giving me the opportunity to write something on this topic. I appreciate your efforts and extend my full support to this campaign.

Through this medium I would like to share some  interesting facts about tobacco (some of which I found on the internet and some from books) , which will help the addicts to hate it more and more… and help them in strengthening their determination to quit tobacco use.
Tobacco use is one of the leading preventable causes of death(WHO).
5 million people are killed every year by smoking tobacco including more than 600,000 who die from exposure to second-hand smoke.
Cigarettes have more than 4000 components out of which 43  are carcinogens.

  • Once smoke is inhaled, within 10 sec nicotine reaches brain .
  • Smoking during pregnancy may hamper thyroid function of both mother and baby.Not only this,but pregnant women have increased chances of giving still births ,spontaneous abortions and premature labour.
  • Significant health problems such as cough, phlegm,compromised physical fitness ,unfavorable lipid profile are seen in kids with smoking habit as compared to normal counterparts.
  • Several workers who spend number of years of their life farming tobacco, too suffer from nicotine poisoning as it gets absorbed through their skin.
Lung cancer

Lung cancer (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The American Cancer Society lists some of the immediate and long-term health benefits of quitting smoking:

  • After 20 minutes, blood pressure drops to normal.
  • After 8 hours, the carbon monoxide level in the blood drops to normal.
  • After 48 hours, nerve endings start regrowing and the senses of smell and taste are enchanced.
  • In one to nine months, coughing, sinus congestion, fatigue, and shortness of breath decrease and cilia (tiny, hair like cells that move continually to clean air that is breathed in) regrow in the lungs.
  • After five years, the chance of dying from lung cancer decreases by almost half.
  • After 15 years, the risk of heart disease is equal to that of a nonsmoker, and the risk of dying from lung cancer is only slightly higher than that of a non smoker.
  • Pregnant women pass any chemicals they take in (from food, tobacco, alcohol and so on) to their unborn children through the placenta.

 

This guest post was contributed by my good friend and colleague

Dr. Reshmi Chhokar

Dr. Reshmi Chhokar

Dr.Reshmi Chhokar
Dental Surgeon
Faridabad

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