SMOKING: A FIGHT


Tobacco was first used by the peoples of the pre-Columbian Americas. Native Americans apparently cultivated the plant and smoked it in pipes for medicinal and ceremonial purposes.


The following fact should open your eyes. In US cigarette smoking causes four times more deaths than accidents, murders, diseases, suicides – all combined together. Premature death becomes almost inevitable with consistent smoking. More than 400,000 deaths take place in US every year due to smoking-related issues.


There is almost no escape from premature death if you are a consistent smoker for some years. How early or how late will the death arrive cannot be said. But smoking alone is the major reason behind most of the death all over the world.


Maximum numbers of death from smoking are due to lung cancer. Heart attacks, circulatory diseases, emphysema and various other causes take the death toll to whooping high.


Nicotine


Nicotine is the primary component in tobacco that acts on the brain. It is one of the than 4,000+ chemicals found in the smoke from tobacco products such as cigarettes, cigars, and pipes. It is one of the most toxic of all drugs, comparable to cyanide. Take enough nicotine and it can kill you immediately. Yet the amount of nicotine in a single cigarette is only 8 to 9 milligrams on average.


Tobacco smoke contains carcinogens – a chemical that cause cancer. Besides the lungs, other sites where cigarettes exert a carcinogenic effect include – mouth, lip, tongue, larynx, pharynx, and esophagus. In addition, cigarettes contribute to cancers of the kidney, bladder, pancreas and stomach.


Teenage Smoking


Every day, nearly 6,000 children below 18 years (non-adults) of age start smoking. Smoking during adolescent and childhood years produce major health problems. The natural growth is hampered in many ways. Physical problems like cough and phlegm production, an increase in the number and severity of respiratory illnesses, decreased physical fitness, an unfavorable lipid profile and potential retardation in the rate of lung growth and the level of maximum lung function are few hazards detected by the authorities.


Did You Know!


According to the Canadian Lung Association, second-hand smoke contains nearly 3 times as much nicotine, 2.5 times more carbon monoxide and 70 % more tar than the smoke inhaled by the smoker.