Despite the government leaving no stone unturned to create an awareness on the hazards of smoking, cigarettes sales are on the rise, with youngsters as old as 18, turning smoking addicts.
Points out Dr H Gopinath, a doctor in the city, “According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, tobacco use is the leading cause of preventable disease-related illness and death around the world.” That smoking causes cancer is known. However, that isn’t the only problem it causes. Dr Gopinath points out a few more hazards of smoking, which not many might be aware of…
Apart from causing cancer, smoking causes heart diseases.
Pregnant smokers are at a higher risk of having the baby born too early and with an abnormally low birth weight.
Even passive smoking causes many health problems. Passive smoking can increase the risk of heart diseases by an estimated 25 to 30 per cent.
Children exposed to passive smoking are at a higher risk of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS), ear infections, pneumonia, bronchitis, and severe asthma.
Smokers are also at a higher risk of Type 2 diabetes and blood pressure problems.
Although hard to quit, there are many immediate benefits of quitting smoking. Dr Gopinath lists a few…
Heart rate and blood pressure that are usually high, begin to return to normal, once a smoker kicks the habit.
Within a few hours of quitting, the level of carbon monoxide in the blood begins to decline. Carbon monoxide reduces the blood’s ability to carry oxygen.
A few weeks after quitting, blood circulation improves. Also, they produce less phlegm and don’t cough or wheeze as often.
A substantial improvement in blood circulation can be expected after a few months of quitting smoking.
In addition, people who quit smoking will have an improved sense of smell.