Major risk factor for Cancer, Cardiovascular Diseases (CVD), Diabetes, Chronic Lung Disease, stroke, infertility, blindness, Tuberculosis (TB), Oral Cavity etc.
50% of cancers in males and 20% cancers in females.
40% of TB and other related diseases.
Economic costs attributable to tobacco use in 2011 for persons aged 35-69 is Rs. 1,04,500 crores.
Loss to environment such as deforestation, pollution, litter, forest fires etc.
2 hours after quitting: is out of the system.
12 hours: carbon monoxide is out of the system and lung function begins to improve.
2 days: sense of smell improves; physical activity becomes easier and more air gets into the lungs.
2 months: lungs work more efficiently and are able to remove mucous; blood flow to the limbs improves.
12 months: risk of heart disease is half that of a continuing smoker.
10 years: risk of lung cancer is less than half that of a continuing smoker.
15 years: risk of heart attack and stroke is almost the same as a person who has never smoked.
Nicotine replacement therapy (NRT) can help with the difficult withdrawal symptoms and cravings that most people say is their only reason for not giving up tobacco. Using NRT reduces those symptoms.Read More