Why stop smoking?

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Smoking is one of the dangerous habits that our society depends on. It breaks my heart to see people who have managed to quit smoking and return to it. Their excuse is usually as thin as an unbearable work stress or crisis in the middle of their lives. Well, how does smoking help you fight these problems, I wonder? Let me give compelling reasons why you should quit smoking.

It is extremely sad to hear people, especially those with children, claiming to smoke without the knowledge of influencing their families. Have you ever wondered how to pass that habit on to your children? Just because you do not smoke at home does not mean that your family is not affected. You still subject them to used smoke when you return home.

Dr. Villoo Morawala-Patell, founder and chairman of Avesthagen, runs a "No Smoking" campaign to make smokers aware of how much danger they inflict on themselves, their families and everyone else on the planet. During our interaction, we got a chance to understand how smoking affects the body from the very first inhalation, why people in India do not take the warnings seriously, what can be done to spread awareness and why you should quit smoking.

How does smoking affect your body?

"Did you know that it takes only 10 seconds for the nicotine to be absorbed by the skin and the mucous membranes of the nose, mouth and lungs. This increases the heart rate and limits the blood vessels when it releases the pleasure hormones into the brain."

Tar is responsible for the loss of enamel and tooth decay in the meantime. The nose plugs on the nose are damaged, which leads to a loss of sense of smell. When the smoke passes into the lungs, it damages the mucous membrane of the airway that is supposed to keep bacteria and bacteria away. When smoke fills the lungs, carbon monoxide is released into the bloodstream instead of oxygen, leading to loss of oxygen in the body. The video gives an in-depth description of how nicotine really damages the whole body and leads to cancer.

Now we come to something interesting. Our body is equally capable of reversing the effects of smoking. Check out the following table for a detailed timeline on how the body heals when you quit smoking.

How harmful is passive smoking and used smoking?

"Did you know that cigarette smoke enters your clothes, curtains, fabrics and hangs in the air so that everyone in these rooms is exposed to smoke from the third hand, which is the same as smoking."

Passive smoking or used smoking both have the same effects on our system as first-hand smoking, depending on the intensity of the smoke in the area. It increases the risk of developing heart disease [1] or have a stroke [2] by 25-30%, just like a smoker. In fact, non-smokers are more likely to develop lung diseases while living with a smoker. Another reason why you should stop smoking.

Socio-economic effects and lack of politics

In India, smoking of bidis and chewing tobacco is a common habit among the population with low income. The most common reason is its availability and affordability. What people do not realize is that the cost of these products eventually contributes to their spending. In addition, their lack of awareness of the dangers of their habit and their families fails.

Small children and women are also involved in the tobacco industry from working in the tobacco plantations to manufacturing and selling bidis. Child labor is a big problem for the country and your choice to end the habit directly affects the people who are involved in the whole industry.

General smoking is a threat. The law is constantly broken by someone or the other. Non-compliance with legislation and the lack of stricter policies contribute to the increasing threat instead of addressing the habit of smoking. The horrific visualizations and constant warnings through all forms of media have made people immune. There is a serious need for a new idea to promote awareness of the dangers caused by smoking.

Where can you start your journey to quit smoking?

Smoking is a mental illness. Everything and everything you do is directly related to your determination to end your habit and keep that state thereafter. It's easy to think about quitting smoking. The difficulty is to maintain this determination in the weaker moments. Nicotine patches, e-cigarettes and counseling are useful tools to help you quit. Finding support in your friends and family helps counteract peer pressure and the need for fun.

I hope I have given you sufficient reasons today to tell you why you should quit smoking. Your only decision to do so would help countless people and improve their lives. Smoking affects us all at the social level. We must deal with this habit from the greater thing of things, start with the individual and move to society as a whole.


[1] U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Let's make the next generation of tobacco-free: your guide to the 50th anniversary surgeon's smoking and health report pdf iconexternal icon. [PDF–795 KB] Atlanta: U.S. Pat. Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, Office for Smoking and Health, 2014 [accessed 2016 Jan 11].

[2] U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Health implications of smoking – 50 years of progress: A report from the surgeon general. Atlanta: U.S. Pat. Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, Office for Smoking and Health, 2014 [accessed 2017 Jan 11].