No Smoking Day – Quit Smoking While There’s Still Time!
By Dixit Arora +2 more
By Dixit Arora +2 more
The National Health Portal of India has designated the 2nd Wednesday of March as the No-Smoking Day. It has been done to urge people to give up smoking and be aware of its harmful effects. Today, thanks to extensive awareness programmes, the world is waking up to the terrible dangers of smoking. But despite that, the number of smokers is hardly declining. That is why a No-Smoking Day is important- it acts as a reminder for smokers to give up this habit that can claim their life.
Most of us know that smoking destroys your lungs and can severely damage your heart. Tobacco particles can lead to pneumonia, emphysema, cardiovascular diseases and cancer.
Is that all that smoking does? No! Here are a few other health hazards associated with smoking you may not have heard about.
Macular degeneration sets in as we grow older and can trigger blindness. Smoking speeds it up.
Tobacco particles can make your body immune to insulin (regulates the use of blood in your body) which causes a build-up of sugar and makes your blood sugar level inch upwards.
Smoking constricts your blood vessels. That means blood will not be able to pass through them with ease. This is how smoking can give you hypertension.
Seamless blood flow is crucial to maintain an erection. But since smoking narrows blood vessels, the blood supply to the penis is disrupted and this triggers erectile dysfunction.
What is an ectopic pregnancy? This is a life-endangering pregnancy and it happens when the fertilized egg implants itself outside the uterus. According to surveys, smokers are more likely to develop this kind of pregnancy than non-smokers.
Smoking will lower your bone density. What does that translate to? It means you will be more vulnerable to fractures and osteoporosis.
If a pregnant woman smokes or is exposed to tobacco smoke, then she is likely to give birth to a baby with a cleft lip or cleft palate.
If you are a habitual smoker, giving it up can be hard. But ask yourself, is it worth the pain that may follow? A little bit of reflection can convince most people to give up smoking.
Smoking is disastrous. The sooner you quit, the better. Take all the help you need to quit smoking and enjoy good health.
Also Read: How Does Smoking Affect the Brain?
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