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Health Awareness - Say No To Tobacco

by Health Please


Posted on 04:24PM May 30, 2018 in General


Health Awareness - Say No To Tobacco



What is Tobacco?

Tobacco is a product prepared from the leaves of the tobacco plant by curing them. The plant is part of the genus Nicotiana and of the Solanaceae (nightshade) family. While more than 70 species of tobacco are known, the chief commercial crop is N. tabacum. The more potent variant N. rustica is also used around the world.

World No Tobacco Day

Tobacco contains the alkaloid nicotine, which is a stimulant, and harmala alkaloids. Dried tobacco leaves are mainly used for smoking in cigarettes, cigars, pipe tobacco, and flavored shisha tobacco. They can also be consumed as snuff, chewing tobacco, dipping tobacco and snus.

What happens with Tobacco use?

Smokers have trouble breathing because smoking damages the lungs. If you have asthma, you can have more frequent and more serious attacks. Smoking causes a lot of coughing with phlegm (mucous). Tobacco can cause emphysema (lung disease) and lung cancer.

People who dip or chew get about the same amount of nicotine as regular smokers. They also get at least 30 chemicals that are known to cause cancer. The most harmful cancer-causing substances in smokeless tobacco are tobacco-specific nitrosamines (TSNAs). TSNA levels vary by product, but the higher the level the greater the cancer risk. Cancers linked to the use of smokeless tobacco include:

  • Mouth, tongue, cheek, and gum cancer.
  • Cancer in the esophagus (the swallowing tube that goes from your mouth to your stomach).
  • Pancreatic cancer.

WAYS TO QUIT SMOKING?

  • Prepare for quit day.
  • Use NRTs.
  • Consider non-nicotine medications.
  • Seek behavioral support form society.
  • Take your medication as prescribed.
  • Try alternative therapies like magnet therapy, cold laser therapy, herbs and supplements, yoga, mindfulness, and meditation.



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