Tobacco – A Slow Poison Dr. Kshitij Joshi

Tobacco consumption remains one of the leading causes of preventable deaths worldwide, claiming millions of lives each year. Despite the well-documented health risks, including cancer, heart disease, and respiratory issues, tobacco use persists across various demographics.

Health Consequences: A Slow Poison
Smoking and other forms of tobacco use are directly linked to a myriad of severe health conditions.

Cancer: Smoking is responsible for nearly 90% of lung cancer cases and significantly increases the risk of cancers of the mouth, throat, esophagus, pancreas, and bladder.
Cardiovascular Disease: Smokers are at a much higher risk of heart attacks, strokes, and peripheral artery disease.
Respiratory Issues: Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and emphysema are common among smokers, severely impacting the quality of life.
Secondhand Smoke: Non-smokers exposed to secondhand smoke are at risk of developing the same health issues, with children and pregnant women being particularly vulnerable.
Economic and Social Costs
The economic burden of tobacco use is staggering, with billions spent annually on healthcare costs and lost productivity. Beyond the economic impact, the social implications are profound.

Family Impact: Tobacco addiction often leads to strained family dynamics and financial stress.
Youth and Addiction: The tobacco industry targets young people, leading to lifelong addiction and health problems.
Environmental Damage: Tobacco farming and cigarette production contribute to deforestation, pollution, and waste.