Smoking is one of the leading causes of death all over the world. Smoking is a habit that adversely affects all parts of your bodies and can cause long term deadly diseases such as cancer, heart disease, lung disease, asthma, to list a few. Approx 40% of cigarette smoker’s suffer from premature deaths due to a deadly disease whose management becomes difficult due to smoking. It is the leading cause of lifestyle related diseases and can complicate pre surgery and surgery and post surgery recovery of the patient. Thinning of the arteries, accumulation of tar in the lungs, discoloration of the tongue and the gums are few of the common aspects associated with smoking.
Major Diseases Caused & Related with Smoking are:-
- Coronary Artery Disease (CAD)
- Cerebrovascular disease
- Aortic Disease
- Chronic airways obstruction
- Cancer of the Lungs and the Larynx. Carcinoma of the Lip, oral cavity, pharynx ,esophagus, Bladder, Kidney, Pancreas, stomach, liver
- Sudden infant death syndrome
- Infant respiratory diestrum syndrome
- Low birth at delivery.
Some Deadly Statistics associated with Smoking:
- Smoking adversely affects the circulatory system and is more likely to develop large vessel atherosclerosis or Two small vessels diseases.
- It is the leading cause of kidney failure in India
- Smoking is also responsible for causing diabetes and can cause disability due to feet amputation. It is also responsible for causing a number of diseases in the passive smokers too.
- Smoking is also responsible for about 30% cases of heart related disease.
- It is also responsible for 10% of cases of stroke in India.
- Smoking also increases the risks of Hypertension and Type 2 Diabetes.
- Cigarette smoking increases the risk of heart attack & sudden cardiac death.
- There is also increased incident of graft occlusion in smokers even after a bypass surgery.
Cigarette smoking should be discouraged in the public and the benefits of quitting smoking should be publicized well. People who quit smoking decrease their heart disease, cancer and kidney failure risk by 40%. The effects of smoking in women are far more adverse. Hence as a sensible human being who wishes to remain healthy, it is advised and you abstain from smoking.