Cigarette smoking is the biggest risk factor for lung cancer, which is the most common cancer world-wide. Smoking is also an important risk factor for gastrointestinal (GI) disorders, including peptic ulcers, inflammatory bowel diseases, such as Crohn’s disease and cancer.
Quick Facts (by WHO)
- Tobacco kills up to half of its users.
- Tobacco kills more than 8 million people each year. More than 7 million of those deaths are the result of direct tobacco use while around 1.2 million are the result of non-smokers being exposed to second-hand smoke.
- Over 80% of the world’s 1.3 billion tobacco users live in low- and middle-income countries.
All forms of tobacco are harmful, and there is no safe level of exposure to tobacco. Cigarette smoking is the most common form of tobacco use worldwide. Other tobacco products include water-pipe tobacco, various smokeless tobacco products, cigars, cigarillos, roll-your-own tobacco, pipe tobacco & bidis.
Smokeless tobacco use is highly addictive and damaging to health. Smokeless tobacco contains many cancer-causing toxins and its use increases the risk of cancers of the head, neck, throat, oesophagus and oral cavity (including cancer of the mouth, tongue, lip and gums) as well as various dental diseases.
Tobacco/Smoking is associated with higher incidence of
- Gastric & duodenal ulcer
- Crohn’s disease
- Chronic pancreatitis
- Oral cavity cancer(chewable tobacco)
- Food pipe cancer(Squamous cell carcinoma)
- Stomach Cancer
- Pancreas cancer
- Colon & rectal cancer
WHO(World Health Organisation) celebrates every 31st May as World No Tobacco Day. This year the theme is to curb the use of tobacco in younger generation.
Quick tips to curb your cravings for tobacco in addicts:
- Delay:Delay as long as you can before giving in to your urge.
- Deep breathing:Take 10 deep breaths to relax yourself from within until the urge passes.
- Drink water:Drinking water is a healthy alternative to sticking a cigarette in your mouth.
- Do something else to distract yourself:Take a shower, read, go for a walk, listen to music!
Dr Harsh Shah
Liver, Pancreas & Cancer specialist Doctor in Ahmedabad, India