Smoking and tobacco-related health complications are the single largest cause of preventable, premature death. Cigarette smoking and tobacco use are responsible for over 400,000 deaths each year. Smoking causes a significant increase in the risk for cancer (lung, larynx, and esophagus), chronic bronchitis, and diseases of the heart and coronary arteries. In addition, smoking is a major contributory factor in the development of many other cancers.
A smokers not only causes an adverse effect on his own health but also impacts the health of others living / working around him. Prolonged ‘Passive Smoking’ is known to cause lung cancer in a ‘non-smoker’. Smoking by women, especially pregnant women is more dangerous. It has now been documented that smoking by woman during her pregnancy directly affects the growth and after birth health of the child. Even passive smoking by a woman during her pregnancy has serious consequences for the child in her womb
Cigarette contains chemical such as tar, carbon monoxide and nicotine. The prime ingredients, tar and carbon monoxide are instigators of cardiovascular diseases and lung ailments. The cigarette’s third main component, nicotine, affects the heart, lungs and stomach. There is definite evidence that this chemical affects the brain adversely in various ways.
Chewing tobacco and using snuff also dramatically increase your risk for cancers of the mouth and throat. A smoker’s baby is more likely to be a victim of cot death and, in childhood, suffers more respiratory infections, glue ear and asthma.