World No Tobacco Day is observed across the world on May 31. This year World Health Organization (WHO) with a slogan “Make everyday no Tobacco Day” urge everyone to make everyday tobacco free day for better future. Director of Rashtrasant Tukdoji Regional Cancer Hospital and Research Center Dr Subhrajit Dasgupta gave some information to the The Live Nagpur about the various ill-effects of tobacco on human bodies.
What are the types of cancers which occur after consumption of Tobacco?
We all are aware that consumption of tobacco causes cancer and is one of the major component which causes Lung, Oral, Stomach, Pancreatic cancer, not only this but use of tobacco also causes severe asthma, Heart problems, blood pressure, Diabetes and the list goes on.
How many people consume tobacco?
According to the recent statics done by WHO in rural parts of India, around 33% of adult population consume tobacco while in urban area 20% of the population is addicted of tobacco. At an alarming rate people are blindly following a trend of smoking at a young age due to which 2000 below 18 years of age, start smoking everyday in which 300 are converted to chronic smokers.
Is this effect the non-smoking section of the society?
Passive smoking has the same effect on people as active smokers, knowingly or unknowingly, the harmful smoke is inhaled by the person due to which the risk increases. Almost 35% of people who do not consume tobacco in any form are exposed to passive smoking. In urban area the percentage is less with 25% while in rural area 40% non-smokers are exposed to passive smoking.
Is there any increase in the rate of consumption of tobacco?
At present stage 19% of the male and 2% female population is under smoking category while 42.2% male and 14.2% female consumes tobacco. The number is increasing rapidly as more people are exposed to the culture where they fall in the trap. A prediction by WHO says that if people continue to consume tobacco then the death rate due will rise and reach to 8 million deaths per year.
How can one quit the use of tobacco effectively?
Deaths related to use to tobacco is preventive we need to educate society. People who desire to come out of the trap must be done under medical supervision for better result consult to doctors, psychiatrist.
Will people be free from the Tar which is deposited in their body after quitting smoking?
It is a myth once any component is deposited in human body is it difficult to remove it. A tobacco residue which is deposited in lungs will not leave the body even after a person has quit smoking.
What are the preventive measures?
Government must impose strict rules on manufacturing and sales of tobacco. According to reports 9.36 billion dollars were spent on the advertisement of cigarettes around the world. We must educate our younger generations and educate them about the ill effects of tobacco.
Lets join hand and fight against the deathly disease that is prevailing in our society.