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-One life is snatched away every six seconds somewhere across the world by a
monster called tobacco. It is rather ironic that this highly avoidable cause of
death is created and nurtured by humans.
As we embark on observing the ‘World No Tobacco Day’, it is but appropriate that
we contemplate the consequences of addiction to tobacco and act decisively to
weed out this health hazard.
First, we need to realise the gravity and magnitude of the problem. The annual
death toll stands at around five million. This could rise to eight million by
2030 unless urgent measures are taken globally. It claimed 100 million lives in
the 20th century. At this pace, 21st century would have the dubious distinction
of contributing to one billion such deaths. These chilling facts ought to stir
us into action.
Cigarette smoking is the most common, though not the only, form of tobacco
addiction. We have other equally damaging versions of tobacco abuse like smoking
of water pipes, pipes, cigars and beedi as well as chewing of tobacco. They are
all life threatening.
Sustained anti-tobacco measures have brought down the level of smoking in many
developed countries. Yet, the total consumption of tobacco is increasing
globally. Sadly, 80 per cent of the world’s one billion smokers live in low- and
middle-income countries and their numbers, especially among teenagers and women,
are growing. They apparently view smoking as a sign of independence and
The substantial time lag between a person beginning to use tobacco and a
downturn in his state of health creates complacency. Many users tend to ignore
the warning signals for too long.
Apart from the risk smokers face, the grave consequences of second-hand smoke or
passive smoking is equally disturbing. 40 per cent of children have at least one
parent who smokes. The possibility of others in the family catching on this
habit is quite strong. The long term negative effect on the unborn baby of a
pregnant smoker is not less alarming. Nicotine has been found in amniotic fluid
and the umbilical cord blood of newborn infants!
Similarly, imagine the victims of second-hand smoking in places like restaurants
and malls. The call for uncompromising and stringent measures like total ban on
smoking in public places is thus a very welcome step. That the Sultanate has
already done so is a matter of gratification.
What makes tobacco such an enemy to our health? There are more than 4,000
chemicals in tobacco smoke. About 250 of these are harmful and 50 are known to
cause cancer. Nicotine, the drug in tobacco, is highly addictive.
Today, many addictive smokers who are convinced of the dangers of tobacco,
desire to quit smoking. But this is no easy task. Counselling and medication may
help. Friends and dear ones also need to step in by providing emotional support.
It is surely worth the effort. Studies have established that within 20 minutes
of smoking that last cigarette, the body initiates a series of positive changes
that continues for years. In 20 minutes, the heart rate drops. In ten years,
risk of death due to lung cancer is halved.
The annual observance of “No Tobacco’ Day with specific themes thus assumes
great relevance. The 2011 Day with the theme “The WHO Framework Convention on
Tobacco Control” is a significant milestone. 172 countries are parties to this
Let us sincerely hope that governments, NGOs, medical communities and
individuals like you and me would join hands to make our world a safer and
healthier place for all.
“It’s easy to quit smoking. I’ve done it hundreds of times.” — Mark Twain
( Courtesy article by Dr.Rajan
Philips, Observer Newspaper )
guidelines to quit smoking
My wife and I both quit
smoking for good two years ago--after being
heavy smokers for nearly 30 years. She did it her
way, and I did it mine. ...
Smoking has long been known to damage lungs and
cause heart disease but it could also lower IQ, a
research has found. ...
That figure compared to just
28.1 per cent of men treated for erectile
dysfunction who continued
smoking, meaning quitters have a 91.5 per cent
"The new Zonnic nicotine mouth
spray is a good option for those who want to quit
smoking but haven't been able to do so," says
Otago University researchers, ...
A two-year-old boy in Indonesia,
who used to smoke 40 cigarettes a day, has quit
smoking after entering rehab. Child protection
officials sent Aldi Rizal ...
Smoking reduces life expectancy by 15-25 years.
If you are a smoker, ...
The moment you stop
smoking, the risk of heart attack begins to
Smoking is the biggest single health risk any
of us take. ... It is
by no means easy to give up
smoking, but doing so gives immediate benefits,
I made a
resolution then, to quit
smoking because I realised then that in a few
... Add to this other
modifiable risk factors such as obesity,
Smoking heightens the risk of vascular
disorders that can cause stroke and constrict
arteries that deliver oxygen to the brain.
activists have another reason to demand a smoke-free
Smoking and air pollution reduce the immunity
of the respiratory system, ...
smoking, diet and alcohol habits, ...
Oral cancer - mostly caused by
smoking and alcohol - is on the rise in young
and middle aged ...
smoking, statistically smokers take longer to
fall asleep. ( Courtesy: http://www.allsands.com/HowTo/howtogetagoo_you_gn.htm
List all the
smoking. Then write down why you want to quit.
Smoking changes the way your body reacts to
certain medication. ...
Smoking and too much alcohol ruins the skin and
the liver. So avoid these and the glare of harsh
sun. The trick to stay well hydrated, in order to
Smoking cigarettes is not at all good. If you
cannot give up
smoking, cut down gradually.
Smoking is unhealthy and one should stop
smoking 4. Control weight 5. Control blood
pressure and sugar ...
Also, s edentary lifestyles,
smoking, junk food, lack of exercise in a
country where ...
regular exercise, no
smoking and eating nuts like almonds, walnuts
and chestnuts. Walking three-four km a day and good
diet are, perhaps, the best ...
by LS Pai
By Dr. Mercola : Cholesterol could
easily be described as the
smoking gun of the last two decades. It"s been
responsible for demonizing entire categories of
smoking, taking pills or skipping meals,
students do everything possible to soothe their
frayed nerves but all they need is a good diet that
will help ...
held after accounting for risk factors such as age
smoking, and were also similar when looking
specifically at rates of death due to heart