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Monday, May 31, 2010

Tobacco Addiction can be A Death Trap

Posted by Prahallad Panda on 1:49 PM 1 comments

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Tobacco addiction is a death trap. More Indians are becoming slave of its addictive potential. Tobacco contains nicotine, germacrene, anabasine and other piperidine alkaloids (varying between species). There are several laws to ban smoking, but having no effective way of implementing it. Strict implementation of it has decreased the lungs cancer in US in the recent past. In India tobacco is consumed in many ways. Those are;
  • Smoking, 
  • snuff,
  • paste,
  • beetle and 
  • processed packets.
The ill effects can be;

  • Quid cancer in mouth following chewing of beetle and keeping it in the mouth for long time,
  • Cancer tongue,
  • cancer of oral cavity,
  • cancer of stomach,
  • Lungs cancer,
  • Bronchitis,
  • Tuberculosis,
  • Atherosclerosis,
  • Tobacco related loss of vision     and
  • corneal opacity.

Smoking, both active and passive is equally harmful. Baby of smoker mother is known to start suffering while in womb itself, and may have malformations and low intelligence.
Several attempts and alternatives are being thought to help tobacco users; starting from low nicotine tobacco cigarettes, tobacco patch to drugs, viz. varenicline and bupropion support to wean it off. But, strong will power is the most important one to leave tobacco use in any form..

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