Can be easily defined as the practice where tobacco is burned and the vapors either tasted or inhaled.
Began as early as 5000-3000 BC
Some civilizations burnt incense during religious practices which was later adopted for pleasure
Tobacco smoking began in South America where it was first cultivated
It also became a part of Shamanistic rituals
First used to achieve trances and go into the spiritual world
Smoking is a practice in which a substance, most commonly ‘tobacco’ or ‘cannabis’, is burned and the smoke is tasted or inhaled.
‘Tobacco smoking’ is today by far the most popular form of smoking and is practiced by over one billion people in the majority of all human societies.
Passive smoking is the inhalation of smoke, called secondhand smoke (SHS) or environmental tobacco smoke (ETS) is responsible for disease, disability, and death
Tobacco It is basically a plant Processed from leaves of Nicotina plant genus Means a pipe which is used to smoke Was first cultivated in South America Mayans were the first to use at as a drug Contains Nicotine which gives smoker a pleasurable feeling
EFFECTS: Secondhand smoke causes many of the same diseases as direct smoking, including cardiovascular diseases, lung cancer, andrespiratory diseases. These diseases include:
During pregnancy: Low birth weight Premature birth Worsening of asthma, allergies, and other conditions
Inhaling the vaporized gas form of substances into the lungs is a quick and very effective way of delivering drugs into the bloodstream and affects the user within less than a second of the first inhalation going down
Estimates claim that smokers cost the U.S. economy $97.6 billion a year in lost productivity, and that an additional $96.7 billion is spent on public and private health care combined. This is over 1% of the‘gross domestic product’
Myths about Smoking Are there any benefits to smoking? It has been argued that smoking does have some benefits. The most common benefits that people believe are that smoking is good for stress relief, weight control and increased concentration
Smoking helps me relieve stress One of the most common reasons people give for continuing to smoke, or for going back to smoking after stopping is to relieve stress. The reality is that smokers tend to report higher levels of stress than non-smokers. After stopping smoking the level of stress in former smokers drops significantly.
On average, smokers do weigh less than non-smokers. When you stop smoking the typical weight gain is around 2-3 kg. The nicotine from smoking acts as an appetite suppressant and smoking also increases the rate at which your body burns calories. However the risks of continuing to smoke far outweigh those from minor weight gain. Smoking helps me stay thin
Health benefits on quitting smoking Many of tobacco's health effects can be minimized through smoking cessation. The health benefits over time of stopping smoking include: Within 3 months,‘circulation’ and‘lung function’ improve Within 9 months, there are decreases in cough and shortness of breath Within 1 year, the risk of‘coronary heart disease’ is cut in half
Within 5 years, the risk ofstroke falls to the same as a non-smoker, and the risks of many cancers (mouth, throat, esophagus, bladder, cervix) decrease significantly. Within 10 years, the risk of dying from‘lung cancer’ is cut in half, and the risks of larynx and pancreas cancers decrease. TheBritish doctors study showed that those who stopped smoking before they reached 30 years of age lived almost as long as those who never smoked.
This is what you’re putting into your body when you smoke!!!
How to Quit ? The only way is to stop smoking! Some people are more suited to the immediate quitting approach While others prefer to do it slowly and in bits Also, it’s a good idea to have your reasons for quitting in mind. They will give you the drive to quit When quitting, you might find it hard but don’t give up Realise that the first few days of quitting are the hardest
So we should realise that… Cigarettes are killers that travel in packs