Why smoking and tobacco are never cool
For decades, smoking has come with a completely undeserved ‘cool’ tag. Our role models, be it on-screen or off have often come with a smouldering cigarette in their hands. But do we really know what these ‘puffs’ are doing to us? As we smoke to indulge in this ‘Oh-I-am-so-cool’ delusion, all we are inviting is one more life-style hazard.
The Dhuaa effect:
In India, some of the commonly used tobacco products are beedis, hookah, cigarettes, gutka, pipes, cigars, cheroots, dhumti, chuttas, chiium, hooklis, pan masala, mawa, Manipuri rabacco, khaini, mishri, suns, gul, bajjar and some in the sniffing and chewing forms.
If you use or plan to use one of these products, maybe you should check out these statistics first:
(Statistics according to a study conducted by the National Institute of Health)
Still feel like lighting a cigarette?
Hang on! Below is a list of the devils it feeds:
Heart & blood vessels diseases, heart attack, angina or chest pain, sudden cardiac death, stroke, peripheral vascular disease (gangrene of legs), paralysis
Various lung diseases like chronic bronchitis, tuberculosis and emphysema. It also damages the lining of the arteries.
It decreases physical fortitude which affects our stamina for physical activity.
Impotence, early menopause and decreased oestrogen levels are also by-products of heavy smoking. Combining them with birth control pillsincreases the chance of stroke for women.
Cosmetically, smoking is one of the fastest ways you can age yourself. It leads to stained teeth, darkened lips, hair loss and wrinkling of the skin. And then there’s the bad breath and smelly clothes that smokers suffer from that tend to be real turn-offs.
It doesn’t stop here!
Don’t smoke but live with a smoker? Well, passive smoking is equally dangerous. About two packets of passive-smoking is equivalent to about three cigarettes a day, as detected in urine nicotine levels.
While the concept of second-hand smoke has been around for a while, researchers now point towards third-hand smoke. This includes smoking residue found on carpets and other upholstery; lifts and rooms with smokers. Infants are especially susceptible to the third-hand smoke as they crawl and come in contact with this hidden residue.
Startling huh? It’s never too late to stop smoking. So look around, read more, talk to friends and family, reach out for help and free yourself of this life-threatening addiction - NOW!
Photograph by Seb Creane, via sxc.hu
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