Tobacco is probably the worst thing to ever have happened to the world. Needless to say, it’s consumption causes problems to virtually every part of the human body. While on one hand efforts are being taken by the Indian Government to check this habit and bring it down, on the other, major tobacco manufacturers are increasing the number of cigarettes exported every year. As smoking levels decline in the developed world they are increasing in the developing world.
Tobacco companies are using various strategies to attract women in other countries like offering appealing ads that depict cigarettes as modern, empowering, and liberating, and this in turn is drawing more and more women to this dangerous habit.
There are numerous ill-effects of smoking. Or rather, there are numerous reasons why you should quit it! A very few of those have been presented here out of the unending list of disadvantages:
First and Foremost, Cancer
Lung cancer is the most common form of cancer caused by smoking. More than 80% of cases of lung cancer are due to smoking.
Cataracts are an eye disease where the lens of the eye becomes cloudy or foggy. Women who smoke are more likely to get cataracts than those who don’t.
Decreased Bone Density
Women who smoke have a higher chance of breaking a hip than women who do not smoke as the habit leads to lower bone density in females.
Periodontal (Gum) Disease and Tooth Loss
Smoking shall cause Periodontal, a horrific and intolerable gum disease, which in turn leads to bone and tooth loss.
Smokers with the above mentioned gum disease are more likely to get ulcers in the stomach, which can lead to death.
Smoking also causes rheumatoid arthritis (RA) in women. RA is an inflammatory, chronic disease that causes swelling and pain in joints.
Women smokers are more likely to be diagnosed with depression than male smokers.
Menstruation is irritating and painful as it is, but women add on to that pain and the complexities during periods by smoking regularly. Studies indicate that females who smoke tend to have more abnormal and painful menstrual cycles.
Female smokers are more likely to suffer from menopause than those who don’t smoke. In fact, menopause at a younger age will cause worse symptoms than at an older stage.
Loss of Stamina
This is a problem that both male and female smokers face. Smoking regularly leads to loss of stamina, loss of energy, tiredness, and weakness.
This is one of the obvious ill-effects of smoking. This horrific habit damages your lungs to an extent where they can’t repair themselves. It effects your breathing to a large extent and your lungs may even stop working completely in worst case scenarios.
Another very important thing that smokers fail to understand is that smoking not only affects their own health but also of those present around them, essentially family members, co-workers, friends, etc, or even a stranger that happens to be near a smoker. Passive smoking (breathing in other people’s tobacco smoke), is a danger to everyone, but mostly affects children, pregnant women and the partners of people who smoke. Passive smoking increases the risk of sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS or cot death), middle ear disease in children, asthma, respiratory illnesses, lung cancer and coronary heart diseases.
Passive smoking poses serious threats to pregnant women and their unborn child, such as a miscarriage, stillbirth, premature birth, low birth weight, sudden unexpected death in infants (SUDI), which includes sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS) and fatal sleep accidents.
The cons of smoking, as discussed here, are not a new concept. Smokers know well enough the harmful effects it has on their health and of those near them, but are still either reluctant or unable to quit. Smoking and other forms or tobacco are nothing but a slow poison. Quit now, if not for your own, then at least for the sake of your loved ones!