World No Tobacco Day,celebrated by Chandigarh city doctors

Jun 01, 2011 9:37 | Chandigarh

Chandigarh, May 31, 2011:- On the occasion of World No Tobacco Day, city doctors highlighted that tobacco smoking is one of the biggest public health threats the world has ever faced and that the 3 billion smokers worldwide are not only putting themselves at risk, but also the non smokers. Children in households that permit indoor smoking are at a risk of developing respiratory infections, ischaemic heart disease, lung cancer and asthma due to exposure to secondhand smoke (SHS). In addition, as per World Health Organization (WHO), youths exposed to secondhand smoke (SHS) at home are almost two times more likely to start smoking than those not exposed.

An estimated 40% of children are exposed to secondhand smoke at home and are at a greater risk of becoming smokers. Explaining the phenomenon, Dr Deepak Bakshi, Nodal Officer, National Tobacco Control Program, Chandigarh

'Parental smoking, availability of tobacco products and household acceptance towards smoking are some of the additional factors that could encourage a child to take up tobacco smoking. Today, there are children who begin smoking as early as 9 to 10 years of age in India."

Commenting on the scenario Dr. R. S. Bedi, President , IMA, Chandigarh said in the Function held at the Plaza , Secl7 in association with the National Tobacco Control Cell, Chandigarh Administration on the World No Tobacco Day ......said, "Among smokers who are aware of the dangers of tobacco, most want to quit. An additional perk for them would be the fact that children whose parents quit smoking are less likely to be daily smokers. All forms of Nicotine Replacement Therapy (NRT) doubles the chances of the smoker to quit smoking.”

Dr. Bedi explained. "Smoking even a single cigarette can cause nicotine dependence which provides a temporary sense of wellbeing, induced by a rapid burst of nicotine in the blood stream from the cigarette. Therefore, when a smoker tries to quit, the level of nicotine supply in the blood is restricted which produces typical craving and withdrawal symptoms such as irritability, anxiety, depression, insomnia, increased appetite etc. NRT is an effective treatment to reduce cravings and side effects associated with smoking cessation."