Statistics say that 1200 million people use tobacco globally and approx 5.5 million people die of tobacco use every year.

Do we really know what happens when we get addicted to smoking or chewing tobacco.

People consume tobacco in a variety of ways – eating, chewing and smoking. Smoking is the most prevalent form of tobacco use.

What really happens when we smoke?

The chemicals we inhale while smoking damage the supply of oxygen to our lungs as the tissues in the body are oxygen deprived , leading to inflamed pathways to the lungs and lung damage.

Nicotine introduces carbon monoxide molecule into the body which is absorbed into the bloodstream at the cost of an oxygen molecule. This carbon monoxide molecule then circulates in the body for the next few hours, which then leads to the wearing of the endothelium of the airways and eventually leads to a condition called obstructive pulmonary disease. Obstructive pulmonary disease is a term which is used to refer to a group on lung diseases such as emphysema, chronic bronchitis, refractory asthma, and some forms of bronchiectasis.

Early signs of heart disease and stroke are detected in teenagers who smoke.

The most common diseases due to tobacco consumption are oral cancer, mouth cancer, tounge cancer throat cancer, nasal cavity cancer and lung cancer.

1/3rd of the youth who smoke are at a risk of premature death.

Do we really need to die a premature death or worse still battle cancers, pulmonary disease, just because we find it difficult to control a tobacco addiction.

In order to prevent the further degression of our health – we must say #NoToTobacco this #WorldNoTobaccoDay.

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