Smoking: A Silent Killer

By: Rajesh Konnur

The ‘puff’ is a simile for smoking. Smoking is dangerous to health. Globally, 4,00,000 people die each year from smoking related illnesses. Newer research findings show that adult smokers usually take their first puff before age 18 and over 3,000 kids become regular smokers each day.

Tobacco will kill one in three young smokers in China, a new study was warned, indicating a worrying trend in an already – ageing society.

According to the publication in Lancet (2015) the study said at least 1 million people in China died of tobacco related causes, the number could double to 2 million by 2030.

China is the world’s largest tobacco consumer and producer and the number of smokers in the country reached the 300 million marks which more than the population of the US by the end of last year.

Beijing has nearly 4.20 million smokers, who smoke nearly 15 cigarettes a day. Among the hundreds of millions of smokers, those below 20 fall in the high risk category, as suggested by the study.

About two- thirds of young “Chinese men become cigarette smokers, & most start before they are 20. Unless they stop, about half of them will eventually be killed” Zhengming Chen , co-author of the study said.

Smoking creates heart diseases, stroke, cancer, emphysema, chronic bronchitis and affects every organ of the body. Smoking is the number 1 cause of preventable death in the US and worldwide.

Quitting smoking is hard. As many as 75% to 80% of smokers say they’d like to quit. But it takes the average smoker five to 10 attempts before successfully quitting.

For some smokers, it’s the little things that motivate quitting. Factors like the smell left on your clothes, the way people react when they find out you’re a smoker, the stains it leaves on teeth…… everyday aggravations that can add up to a tipping point to kick the habit.

Multiple therapeutic techniques help to quit puff. Counseling, self-motivation, nicotine replacement therapy (NRT), on – off line support, social networking, ventilation of the feelings, and adopting healthy life style skills help to quit it.


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