Impact of smoking:
Smoking is a habit of inhaling and exhaling the smoke of a tobacco in the form of cigarettes. Smoking is not just a bad habit of an individual but also it affects the whole family members also.
Lung cancer is the most common disease which is caused due to smoking habit. Apart from lung cancer, it can also lead to many types of lung diseases, heart attack, stroke and etc. People standing near the smokers also inhales the tobacco gas which can also cause lung problems to them. This smoke can also affect an unborn baby in the mother’s womb. Birth defects like cleft palate and low birth weight are common problems for newborn babies whose mothers are exposed to first-hand or second-hand smoking.
What is Second Hand Smoking?
A person who smokes exhales 80% of the tobacco gas in his surrounding. Nearby people can inhale that gas which is poisonous and that is called as passive smoking or Second-Hand Smoking. In India, every year 1.2 lakh people are affected by this environmental tobacco pollution.
What is third-hand smoking?
Most of the toxins from tobacco will be deposited in the bed sheet, pillow cover, window screen, etc. The family members who share the smoker’s room will be exposed to those harmful agents. This is called as third-hand smoking.
Harmful substances in tobacco:
Tobacco consists of formalin, arsenic, and naphtha which are the most hazardous substances. We all know that formalin is used for embalming dead bodies. Arsenic is used as a rat poison and naphthalin balls are used to keep the bugs away from new dresses in the cupboard. These are the few substances available in tobacco from among 4000 odd chemicals in the tobacco smoke. So, a smoker not only poisons himself but also embalms his own body while alive.
Diseases caused by tobacco:
There are many products available with harmful tobacco substances like the womens cigarette, cigarette lite, and electronic cigarette. Cigarette light can cause a type of lung cancer called as adenocarcinoma and regular cigarette can cause another subtype of lung cancer called as squamous carcinoma. The cigar is the reason for mouth cancer. By choosing the style of smoking, the choice of cancer is chosen by the smoker.
Why quit smoking?
Most of the nearby people will suffer directly or indirectly because of the smoking habit. After all, we are living with them and for them. So if we stop smoking, people living nearby us also will be safe.
How to quit smoking?
To stop the habit of smoking, you should get help from the medical professionals. From the second day of quitting, you may experience some withdrawal symptoms like irritability, anxiety, anger and loss of sleep. To manage these problems, medical supervision is essential.
The doctor will prescribe behavioral therapy, counseling, nicotine patches or inhalers along with other tablets to make quitting successfully. If you have undergone these prescriptions, you will become a normal person to get free from smoking in just 12 weeks.
Raise voice against smoking:
Raise voice against smoking to help people free from lung diseases and mouth cancer. November month is considered as the “lung cancer awareness month” worldwide.