Reflecting on No Tobacco Day 2024: 10 enduring consequences of smoking

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Published By : Prameya News Bureau | May 31, 2024 IST

As the world observes No Tobacco Day 2024, it's crucial to acknowledge the enduring impact of smoking on our health

As the world observes No Tobacco Day 2024, it's crucial to acknowledge the enduring impact of smoking on our health. While the immediate effects of tobacco are widely known, it's the long-term consequences that often pose the greatest threat to individuals. Here are 10 significant long-term effects of smoking:

 

Lung Cancer: Smoking is the leading cause of lung cancer, responsible for a significant portion of cancer-related deaths worldwide.

 

Heart Disease: Smoking damages the heart and blood vessels, increasing the risk of heart disease, heart attacks, and strokes.

 

Respiratory Issues: Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), including chronic bronchitis and emphysema, is more prevalent among smokers, leading to breathing difficulties and reduced lung function.

 

Reduced Immune Function: Smoking weakens the immune system, making smokers more susceptible to infections and illnesses.

 

Risk to Others: Secondhand smoke exposure poses health risks to non-smokers, including an increased risk of respiratory infections, asthma, and even sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS) in children.

 

Cataracts and Vision Loss: Smoking contributes to the development of cataracts, leading to impaired vision and, in severe cases, blindness.

 

Increased Risk of Diabetes: Smokers have a higher risk of developing type 2 diabetes and experiencing complications associated with the disease.

 

Gastrointestinal Problems: Smoking can lead to various gastrointestinal issues, including peptic ulcers, acid reflux, and an increased risk of Crohn's disease.

 

Bone Health: Smoking weakens bones, increasing the risk of osteoporosis and fractures, particularly in postmenopausal women.

 

Premature Aging: Smoking accelerates the aging process, leading to premature wrinkles, skin sagging, and a dull complexion.

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