Wednesday, 03 August 2011 13:00
The most vulnerable to ill effects of Tobacco are the young since their bodies are still in the developing stage. The 200 known poisons in cigarette smoke affect the normal growth of the human body, cause life-threatening disease such as chronic bronchitis, heart disease, lung cancer and stroke.
NICOTINE, a powerful addictive substance and tar are the substances found in tobacco which are lodged in the bronchi and the lungs. The chemicals found in tobacco are the following:
3. carbon monoxide – CO, the normal level of CO in the blood is 1.3%, but it can be as high as 7-10% in smokers.
4. carbon dioxide
5. hydrogen cyanide gas- most deadly form of cyanide
The above-mentioned chemicals are the major factors responsible for smoking-related diseases such as coronary heart disease, atherosclerosis, stroke, emphysema, acute bronchitis and cancers of the nose, pharynx, larynx(voice box) and lungs.
No form of tobacco is safe to use (not even smokeless tobacco). Smokeless tobacco users are 50 times more likely to get oral cancer than non-users. Those lucky enough to be spared of the big “C” are still likely to have signs of use such as stained teeth, bad breath and mouth sores.
*Problems in women
Smokers can cause temporary or irreparable damages on women:
· reproductive disturbance ( infertility)
· pregnancy problems – fetal abnormalities and even death, low-birth weight infants.
Moreover, even a non-smoker is regularly exposed to second-hand smoke and is therefore exposed to specific health risks which include:
1. increased risk of heart disease
2. Increased risk of lung cancer
3. increased frequency of respiratory infections and asthmatic bronchitis in infants and children.
4. chronic irritation of the eye, nose and throat especially among children.
*Ways to quit smoking
· slowly reduce the number of cigarettes per day until completely stopped.
· Nicotine Replacement Therapy (NRT) – a process where smoker who decides to stop smoking is given small amounts of nicotine over a period of 6 weeks more to reduce withdrawal signs; the nicotine is given either in the form of chewing gum, patch, nasal spray or cigarette-like inhaler; NRT requires consultation with physician.
· Strong determination to totally quit smoking is still the strongly suggested manner of giving up the habit - FOR YOUR SAKE AND YOUR LOVED ONES.
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