Addiction to tobacco and tobacco products (cigarettes, pipes, cigars, hookahs) is a very common and deadly social phenomenon, and its harms are not given enough attention because its consequences appear after a long time and indirectly. The World Health Organization (WHO) has reported that the biggest health problem in the world is smoking addiction. About 8 million people worldwide die every year due to diseases caused by tobacco use. It is estimated that more than 100,000 of our citizens are sacrificed to smoking at an early age in our country.
There are more than 4,000 chemicals in cigarette smoke, 43 of which are known. Among the most well-known; carbon monoxide (exhaust gas), nicotine, tar, thinner, radiation, methanol (missile fuel), cadmium (battery metal), butane (bottle gas), DDT (Insecticide), acetone (nail polish remover), naphthalene (moth repellent), arsenic, ammonia (toilet cleaner).
90% of lung cancers are related to smoking and the risk is 15 times higher in smokers. Smoking is one of the most important causes of laryngeal, lip, tongue, oral, esophageal and stomach cancers. Cancer of the bladder and pancreas is 2 times more common in smokers. Smoking is the most important risk factor for the development of heart and other vascular diseases, and the risk of heart attack is 2-3 times higher in them. The rate of death from diseases such as chronic bronchitis and emphysema in smokers is 2.5 times higher than in non-smokers. It is reported that the incidence of asthma, allergic diseases, middle ear infections, sinusitis and adenoids is much higher in children of addicts.
Cerebral palsy, dementia and Alzheimer’s disease are more common in smokers. It causes miscarriage, premature birth and weak baby birth in pregnant women, negatively affecting the baby’s lung development.
Smoking damages the skin and causes early signs of aging. It often causes gingival and oral mucosal diseases, leaving a peculiar dirty appearance on the oral mucosa and teeth. The peculiar smell of tobacco smoke is perceived as unpleasant by others, as it will permeate both the mouth, nose and body, and on the clothes of the individual. The cough and hoarseness symptoms unique to smoking, which occur in long-term smokers, are seen as a striking and repulsive social issue.
Mouthpiece and filters do not remove harmful substances in cigarette smoke. The idea that light cigarettes are less harmful is not true. The addict often increases the number of cigarettes he smokes in order to reach the pleasure he used to get. Reducing smoking is much more difficult than quitting, while the rate of those who decide to quit suddenly is 80%, while the rate of those who quit by reducing is 5%.
Do yourself a big favor and get rid of this insidious devil as soon as possible, live a long and healthy life with your loved ones.