Published On: Fri, Dec 5th, 2014

Tobacco use is the leading cause of preventable illness and death!

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThere is no safe level of exposure to tobacco smoke, it contains more than 7000 chemicals that reach the lungs with every inhale, and being carried by blood flow to every organ in the body, 70 of them identified by scientists are known to specifically cause cancer.

Many smokers decide to continue smoking despite knowing the death risks. Tobacco is an addiction due to the presence of nicotine which takes 10s to reach the brain from one puff of smoke.

Nicotine is a chemical compound that is present in tobacco, when smoked it is absorbed through the wall lining of the small air sacs in the lungs and because of its highly addictive properties, smoking is considered by the American Heart Association to be one of the hardest addictions to break.

All cigarettes are harmful, the danger comes from the tobacco itself and more is generated when it is burned.

Smoking can cause throat cancer, stomach cancer, leukemia, and most chronic lung diseases; it can damage the DNA and the blood vessels that carry oxygen to the body organs.

How smoking affects men and women? It destroys the collagen of the skin making it saggy with deep wrinkles,  yellow teeth, gum disease, bad breath, tobacco stains on the nails, thinner hair, more rapid heart rate, poorer circulation and shortness of breath are few among its bad effects.

For women and during pregnancy smoking can lead to miscarriage or premature birth or even delivering a low birth weight baby, for men studies shows that smokers experience a loss of the male sex chromosome(Y)from their blood cells, which is linked to a shorter life span, researchers assumed that the (Y) loss makes the blood cells unable to function normally allowing diseases to take hold of the body.

Smoking can be inherited too, the more the parents smoke in front of their kids the more likely the children are to become heavy smokers themselves

In India, government intends to raise the minimum legal age for buying tobacco products to 25 instead of 18 years old.

Beijing issued new regulations to ban smoking in all indoor public spaces including the work place and public transport, it will go into effect starting June 2015.

In the Netherlands, a smoking ban was introduced in working areas, pubs, clubs, restaurants and small cafes under the Tobacco Act to ensure the right to a smoke-free environment.

Smoking can be seen everywhere these days, in movies, on TV, advertisements, the best way to fight this killer is to be a tobacco free, and to educate people specially the youth under 18 who try their first cigarette  about its bad effects , the same goes for those non-smokers who inhale a secondhand smoke, they are exposed to the same death risks and illness caused by smoking, specially children who can have severe respiratory diseases and ear infections. Rules must be set to protect them on the long run by cleaning the air and surrounding, reinforcing the non smoking policies at all indoor places.

© Reinshe 2014

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