Beyond Smoking: Understanding the Devastating Impact of Smoking on Multiple Organs

According to the National Health Survey-5 (NFHS-5), the prevalence of tobacco in Bengal among men stands at 48.1%, and among women, it stands at 10.8%. The use of tobacco is higher in rural Bengal than in urban Bengal, among both men and women. No Tobacco Day is observed worldwide to raise awareness about the harmful effects of tobacco use. On this occasion, it is crucial to shed light on the multiple-organ damage caused by smoking and emphasize the need to quit smoking for a healthier life.

Regular inhalation of smoke leads to the deposition of toxic substances in the lungs, causing inflammation, coughing, and breathing difficulties. Chronic smoking can result in chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), lung cancer, various types of ILD and an increased risk of infections. While the lungs are most directly affected, the detrimental effects don’t stop there. The toxic chemicals present in cigarette smoke are absorbed into the bloodstream, leading to damage to the heart, blood vessels, liver, kidneys, pancreas, urinary bladder, etc.

Smoking effect on the vital organs is quite adverse.It damages the heart, leading to coronary artery disease, heart failure, and irregular heart rhythms. The kidneys are also affected, increasing the risk of chronic kidney disease. Additionally, smoking contributes to liver disease, a weakened immune system, compromised bone health, and reproductive problems.

It is worth mentioning that the rolling paper used in cigarettes contains chemical components that are harmful. These additional substances, when burned, release toxic compounds that further contribute to the development of various diseases, including cancer.

E-cigarettes or vapes have gained popularity in recent years as an alternative to traditional tobacco smoking. However, they are not without their risks. These devices can have negative effects on the body, impacting various organs and overall health. One of the primary concerns is the presence of nicotine in e-cigarettes, which is highly addictive and can lead to dependence. Nicotine affects the cardiovascular system, raising blood pressure and increasing the risk of heart disease and stroke.[2] It also has detrimental effects on the respiratory system, causing inflammation and irritation of the airways. E-cigarettes can also harm the lungs, leading to lung damage, chronic bronchitis, and even popcorn lung, a severe lung condition. E-Cigarettes can also lead to EVALI a serious lung condition that can be fatal. [3] Furthermore, the chemicals and fine particles in e-cigarette aerosol can have adverse effects on the immune system and increase the risk of respiratory infections. Additionally, the long-term effects of e-cigarette use on other organs, such as the liver, kidneys, and reproductive system, are still being studied.

Since only about 3% of smokers in India succeed in quitting, it’s even more important to prevent young people from becoming addicted to tobacco.[1] No Tobacco Day serves as a reminder of the critical importance of never indulging in this deadly habit. Quitting smoking is very important for a healthier life of you and your loved ones.

Related Articles

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Back to top button