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Tobacco The Silent Killer

Updated on June 23, 2011

 

 

TOBACCO : THE SILENT KILLER

 There are different varieties of tobacco. It is either smoked in the form of cigarettes or bidis, or chewed or inhaled as naswar or snuff.

 Smoking is very harmful to our body and it causes many forms of diseases in the consumer. Chronic Smoking leads to decrease in resistance in the body so that common afflictions such as flu and cold are easily contracted by the consumer of tobacco. Sense of taste and smell is also lost in chronic smokers. This leads to loss of appetite and poor nutrition leads to many debilitating diseases. Smoking causes fatal diseases such as lung cancer and cancer of the mouth and hence it is a killer in the long run. It shortens the life span of the consumer.

 Cigarette smoking is a major cause of cancers of the lungs, larynx ( voice box ), mouth, throat, and oesophagus. It also leads to development of leukemias.

 Tobacco smoke decreases female fertility and increases the incidence of miscarriage, premature birth, stillbirth, infant death, and also causes low birth - weight in infants. Passive smoking means the inhalation of cigarette smoke by the persons who are themselves not smokers but inhale the smoke passively when they are in the viscinity of an active smoker. The smoke exhaled by a smoker is inhaled by the other persons who are present in the same room. Such passive smoking not only harms the smokers but also the people around them.

 Tobacco smoke contains carcinogens which results in development of cancer in the individual. It also contains ammonia and carbon monoxide which harms the lungs and causes black smoky deposits in the air sacs of the lungs, thus decreasing the capacity of the lungs to oxygenate the blood resulting in chronic asphyxiation or suffocation.

 The two types of smokeless tobacco are snuff and chewing tobacco. Snuff, a finely ground powdered tobacco, is inhaled in the nostrils and it causes sneezing. Chewing tobacco is also available. It is placed between the cheek and gum. Chewing tobacco is chewed and then the tobacco juices and saliva that collects in the mouth are spitted out and causes unsightly staining of the walls and staircases and thus destroys the asthetic values of public places.

 Chewed tobacco causes Cancer of the cheeks, gums, lips and tongue. It also causes Cancer of the voice box, and cancer of the oesophagus. Heart Attacks, strokes and High Blood Pressure are a result of tobacco consumption. It also results in Stained teeth, tooth decay, receding gums, gum disease, bad breath and black hairy tongue. Tobacco use can lead to Toxic Amblyopia or Optic Neuritis in the individual. This can cause blindness in both the eyes.

 Stomach Problems such as Ulcers, stomach upset, increased bowel activity and stomach cancer are a result of tobacco chewing. It also causes Loss of Taste and Smell and loss of appetite and the resultant poor nutrition with the various disorders due to malnutrition.

 All tobacco, including smokeless tobacco, contains nicotine, which is addictive. People chewing tobacco in betel leaf are over five times more likely to be at risk of cancer of the mouth. The betel nut itself is a known carcinogen.

 Tobacco, whether consumed in a smokeless form, snuff, or chewing form is a killer and is better avoided by everyone. Recently in India there is a ban on smoking in public places which is a very good step taken by the government to eliminate passive smoking.

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      parduman 2 years ago

      thanku for this i really get encouraged and i also encouraged my friends to not have this its really harmful to our body.

      and really tobacco is a silent killer

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      Dr.Kulsum Mehmood 4 years ago from Nagpur, India

      Thanks hummi for reading my hub and for your comment.

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      hummi 4 years ago

      nyc article ... :)

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      dd 4 years ago

      stope it

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      Dr.Kulsum Mehmood 5 years ago from Nagpur, India

      @ ajmal, yes of course, smoking causes lung cancer. In the lungs of smokers a lot of grime from the smoke gets deposited and the lungs become black rather than the natural pink. I have seen in my profession as a doctor that from post mortem specimen from the lungs of smoker a lot of black grime can actually be squeezed out. This grime is carcinogenic and the main cause of a chronic cough also. So the message is clear- STOP SMOKING.

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      Ajmal 5 years ago

      smoking causes lung cancer

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      fashion 5 years ago

      Very informative hub.Stop smoking.

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      Dr.Kulsum Mehmood 5 years ago from Nagpur, India

      YES. Stop smoking before it stops you. Stop tobacco use before it kills you.

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      Charmi Arora 5 years ago

      stop smoking before it stops you

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      Dr.Kulsum Mehmood 6 years ago from Nagpur, India

      Do not know about smokeless cigarettes

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      Kylemaniaa 6 years ago

      Yup! these cigaretes are the main reason for the cause of many diseases. I prefer smokeless cigarettes to these anyday.

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      Dr.Kulsum Mehmood 8 years ago from Nagpur, India

      I too do not approve of smoking Utkarsh. Thanks for your comment.

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      Utkarsh 8 years ago

      Thnks Kulsum mam for a wonder ful article.

      Its right that tocaco is

      THE SILENT KILLER

      I don't like people who smoke.

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      Dr.Kulsum Mehmood 8 years ago from Nagpur, India

      Thank you amreen_b for the comment. I am glad that you disapprove of using tobacco. It really is a killer.

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      amreen_b 8 years ago

      This is a really good article. I hate smoking, never tried it and after reading your article never will. Thanks.

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