Nowadays everyone talks about Say No to Tobacco or quit smoking. But do you really know what comes in tobacco and what are its effects on health? Earlier the consumption of tobacco was high mostly in lower class people. They used to consume tobacco in the form ofghutka, misri, cigarettes. Nowadays it is in the form of cigarettes, and hookah. And the population addicted to these is mostly middle class, and higher middles class population of age group 12 years and more. It is gaining popularity among the youth very recently especially in urban cities because it is easily available and accessible. Most of these youngsters don’t even know that hookah contains tobacco.
The main reason why they are addicted to tobacco is Peer Pressure. Peer pressure in an influence that changes persons behavior to conform to a group. Youngster starts smoking because they want to fit in the group and to be liked by other friends. Some teenagers take it up as habit in order to appear cool, grown up. Second most reason to smoke is many people find it as stress buster because of its nicotine content and they use smoking as emotional crutch.
Addiction to tobacco has become lifestyle disorder now. Because lifestyle pattern has changed so much, we are socializing more; frequencies of going to pub, restaurants has increased and because of all these people are getting more addicted to smoke cigarettes and hookahs. Addiction is not only in teenagers or adult men nowadays it is also found very common in women. Women are more emotionally dependent on cigarettes than men.
Your 1cigarrete costs for about 5 Rs. When you smoke 4-5 cigarettes a day it will cost you around 25 Rs and 750Rs/ month. And even one cigarette will have to pay you big amount for your health in later in life. As Cigarette contains nicotine, carbon monoxide, carcinogens, all toxic substances. When you smoke it affect internal functioning of organs of your body. Smoking causes almost 90% of all lung cancer deaths in men and 80% of all lung cancer deaths in women. Addiction of smoking can lead to many types of cancers (larynxes, oral cavity, lung, peptic, bladder, and pancreas), respiratory diseases like chronic bronchitis, emphysema and chronic airway obstruction and many more.
Smoking not only increases the risk of cancer but also affects an important organ i.e. heart. Smoking causes coronary heart disease a leading cause of death. It reduces circulation by narrowing the arteries and put smoker at risk of developing coronary heart disease, myocardial infarction and stroke.
And it is not only about active smoking, it can also affect passive smokers. Especially parents who smoke around their children may leave them with symptoms of nicotine addiction. Non smokers who are exposed to secondhand smoke at home or work increase their risk of developing heart disease by 20%-30% thus it is also important to avoid when other people smoke around you.
It will be the best thing if you quit smoking, improve your overall health and add years to your life.
Here are some Tips that will help to Quit Smoking:
- When you are trying to quit smoking Nicotine Gums helps to calm your withdrawal symptoms, they provide controlled amount of nicotine in slower pace than cigarettes and without the toxic in cigarette smoke. It also helps to relive cravings. Instead of spending lot of money on your cigarettes and spoiling your life you can spend on better things like Nicotine Gums.
- Choose a date within next 7 days when you will quit smoking.
- Gradually reduce the number of cigarettes each day.
- Don’t use cigarette as your stress buster. Instead of smoking do some exercise for some time it will really work as a stress buster and help you to relax.
- Get rid of every cigarette, lighters, matchbox from your house, workplace and your car.
- Drink lots of water, it helps to flush out toxins from your body
- Replace your cigarette craving with food(fruits, nuts, mint, juices)
- Get support of your family members, friends and coworkers. Tell them about your plan to quit
- Talk to your doctor if you need any help
- Be ready for challenges you will face while quitting
- Keep your hands busy.(with pencil, pen, ball, paperclips)
- Keep some things around to pop in your mouth(mint, gums, candies)
- Look for quit buddy who wants to quit smoking too.
These tips are really helpful in smoking cessation. Smoking cessation helps to lower the risk of lung cancer and other types of cancer, coronary heart disease, stroke, respiratory diseases. And women who stop smoking reduce the risk for infertility and having low birth weight babies and it will add years to your life.