Why do Indians smoke?
There is a saying that each cigarette you smoke takes you a step closer to your grave or reduces few minutes of your life span.
In spite of the all the ‘smoking is injurious to health’ ads that movie-goers have to go through before the movie begins in a cinema theatre or seeing the awful image on the cigarette package or advertisements, people continue to smoke and enjoy the harmful nicotine. Does that change their minds to give up smoking? No!
Almost everyone knows that smoking is injurious to our body as it causes cancer, lung problems, heart disease and fertility; it can shorten your life by 5 years or more; and that the habit makes a smoker spend a lot of money per year.
First, let’s bring out the top 4 simple reasons why people smoke cigarettes:
Reason 1: It’s a great conversation starter
A lot of smokers usually start a conversation with a stranger asking for a light. Especially in parties and business gatherings it helps many smokers to build a healthy and long conversation with strangers or friends. These days since the number of women smokers has increased rapidly in India a lot of male smokers enjoy this as a conversation starter. In a way, it’s a bonding activity that makes it easier to talk with others who are smoking. But it is actually a way of hiding your under confidence. Will be not be better to work on confidence enhancing initiatives that help your personal growth as well as career growth?
Reason 2: It’s a great stress reliever
Am sure most of us have heard a smoker-friend say, “I am stressed and tired!! I need a smoke break.” This is because as it is taking a break from anything helps settle the nerves. Generally most smokers think smoking relaxes their nerves. There is no confirmation that nicotine decreases anxiety or tension, it only serves as a stress reliever on a psychological note.
Reason 3: Thinking it’s cool and kills boredom: There are many people, especially the young smokers who smoke just to look cool in front of their friends and also sometimes to kill boredom. Most smokers compulsively feel the need to have a smoke while walking or driving or doing anything which is considered boring. Usually smokers end up puffing on a cigarette to do something stimulating as compared to non smokers. Someone once said, “When I see a smoker, I see a light at one end and a fool at the other”.
Reason 4: To control their weight
A lot people smoke to control their weight. Most of them believe that smoking can reduce a person’s appetite. This could be why ex-smokers gain weight after quitting cigarettes. There was a rumor that models smoke to lose weight. It is not that true, but there is logic behind it. Cigarette reduces appetite for some smokers and they end up reducing some weight. Again, there are much better ways of losing weight like exercising, that have many positive effects on your body as well as the mind.
Finally, we all know that smoking is injurious to health, but the addiction to Nicotine keeps smokers coming back for more.
Some statistics around smoking rates in India:
According to the World Health Organization (WHO), India is home to 18% of the world’s smokers. Approximately 1 million people die every year in India due to smoking as of 2015 and it is the fourth leading cause of diseases such as cancer and heart diseases.
As per the recent studies, there is a steady fall in cigarette consumption in India which has given a ray of hope to achieve the goals set by the Indian Government. Though the consumption has decreased but there is increase in the number of women smokers.
The increase in duty on cigarettes since 2014 could be one of the major reasons for the decline of cigarette consumption in India.
A new study shows that there is very rapid increase in the number of women smokers in India and they are most likely to face chronic health problems such as Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) lung cancer, infertility and menopause.
What are the key problems that smoking causes?
There are several problems that people face due to smoking some get affected early and some at an older age. It does not make a difference if you smoke a pack a day or more! Smoking costs health!
- Lung cancer – Smoking causes 80% of lung cancers, and others are caused by Second hand smoking also known as “PASSIVE SMOKING” the cigarette smoke or tobacco smoke is made of thousands of chemicals that are cancer causing (carcenogenics) when the cigarette smoke goes in the lungs it starts damaging the cells that line the lungs and the tissues of the lungs start getting changed immediately.
- COPD or chronic obstructive pulmonary (PULL-mun-ary) disease – It is a disease which makes a person hard to breathe and it gets worse over a time. COPD Causes wheezing, coughing, shortness of breath, tightness in chest etc. Smoking is a leading cause for COPD , most people who smoke or use to smoke face COPD.
- Heart disease – Smoking increases the risk of heart attacks in smokers as compared to non smokers. When tobacco smoke goes in there are a number of things that it does to your heart. a) It damages the lining of arteries and builds up fatty material which causes the artery to narrow down and puts the heart at a higher risk of a n Heart Attack. b) Smoke reduces the amount oxygen in blood and doubles the work of the heart in pumping oxygen that the body requires. c) Smoking also causes the blood to clot which can cause a heart attack.
- Sexual problems – Smoking can also cause Erectile Dysfunction (ED) in Men also commonly known as IMPOTENCE. Since smoking reduces the blood supply in the blood vessels it also reduces the supply of blood in the penis thus resulting in erectile problems.
- Rheumatoid arthritis – Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is a disease where the body’s immune system mistakenly attacks the joints. It can be caused by Genetics or environmental factors. Smoking Triggers the faulty immune in the body and causes higher risks for ED.
- Infertility – The number of cigarettes you smoke in a day puts you at a higher risk of Fertility problems. Smoking damages the DNA of eggs and sperms, pregnancy complications and birth defects increases if you smoke during pregnancy, it also affects the development of female fetus ovaries, it increases the chance of miscarriage and women who smoke have menopause nearly two years earlier.
- Osteoporosis – Smoking reduces Bone density and puts a person at a higher risk of fractures; smokers are at a greater risk of hip fractures than non-smokers even Exposure to second-hand smoking during youth also increases the risk of developing low bone mass. Smoking reduces the production of OSTEOBLASTS ( bone forming cells) which results in making of less bones, decreases the absorption of calcium, and also breaks down estrogen which is important maintain strong skeleton
How does smoking reduce life span?
It is often said that smoking takes years off your life and statistics and research says that smoking can actually reduce the lifespan of a person. People believe that there is a relationship between the numbers of years you smoke, For example, if you smoke one pack a day for 10 years, smoking can reduce your life-span by nearly 4 years.
There are strong proof of links smoking to the development of and mortality from a number of specific diseases, including the three leading causes of death: heart disease, cancer, and stroke.
Researchers say that the relative death rates of smokers compared with non-smokers were three times more as compared to non smokers.
A few medical tests every smoker needs:
Smoking daily takes a toll on your body. Smokers are more susceptible to many life-threatening conditions, from cancer and lung disease to heart disease and diabetes. Smoking cigarettes is more toxic to women than men because they have smaller lungs.
All chain smokers and passive smokers also need to get certain health screenings and lab tests more frequently than nonsmoker. A screening test could smokers choose a stop-smoking strategy that would give them the best chance of quitting.
The Smokers package from LabsAdvisor.com comprises of all the tests advised by a doctor to diagnose the root of the problem.
The Smoker’s package specially designed by LabsAdvisor consists of the below tests:
Tests for Smoker’s Package
- Chest X Ray
- Pulmonary Function Test
- Lipid Profile
- Liver Function Test
- Vitamin D
Given below is the detail of the individual tests covered in this package. We offer this package in many Indian cities including Delhi, Bangalore, Gurgaon and Noida.
Chest X Ray:
Cigarette smoking is one of the major reasons for the rise in lung cancer over the last half century in India. Doctors generally recommend smokers to do yearly x-ray screening of the chest to detect any signs of lung cancer-related abnormalities. A small radiation dose is to produce a photo-like image of your lungs and heart.
Chest X ray can show heart and blood vessel problems that are usually made worse by smoking. X-rays also help doctors to look for blocked arteries or other heart conditions, and schedule surgery before it results in a heart attack.
Pulmonary Function Test (PFT):
Pulmonary function tests (PFTs) is a non-invasive tests that show how well the lungs are working. The tests show how well your lung can breathe and the if oxygen flow is normal from the lungs to your body. The test procedure takes few minutes. To take it, patients are instructed to inhale deeply and then blow out as hard as they can into a tube-like instrument
Smoking tobacco damages the small air sacs in the lungs, due to which they cannot transfer oxygen from the air you breathe into the blood stream properly. Accumulated black tar deposits around the lungs also damage it. All of which affect lung capacity.
Lipid Profile Test :
Lipid profile is a blood test that can detect symptoms of early heart diseases. Cigarette smoking is generally increases the risk of a variety of medical disorders. Researchers say that smoking is strongly associated with altering the normal status of the lipid profile.
The monitoring of lipid profile is very important to give an estimation of the future cardiovascular diseases among smokers. Know more about Lipid Profile test click here.
Liver Function Test (LFT) :
The liver may be affected through inflammatory pathways and may aggravate the pathogenic effects of alcohol on the liver. Researchers suggest that cigarette smoking does not directly affect the liver, but may enhance the effects of alcohol on liver cell injury in heavy drinkers. Click here to read more.
Treadmill Test (TMT):
Treadmill test is primarily used to determine if your heart receives enough oxygen and proper blood flow when it needs it most, such as when you are exercising. This test is recommended for people who complain of chest pains or other symptoms of coronary heart disease.
Chain smokers have the chances of positivity of stress test as compared to non-smokers. The duration of smoking and number of/cigarettes/bidis smoked per day is directly proportional to the incidence of a positive stress test. You can read here more about this test.
Electrocardiogram or ECG test is recommended by doctors to also detect heart disease. It measures the regularity and speed of the heart beat and it also helps determine if, and where, heart damage has occurred.
Smoking can cause severe damage to the heart. Research says that carbon monoxide in tobacco smoke binds with the hemoglobin in the red blood cells and prevents oxygen from getting to the heart. That can cause the heart to malfunction. Smoking also causes the narrowing, hardening or “clogging” of the heart’s blood vessels, slowing or blocking blood flow. Know more about ECG test Click here.
A new study suggests that ensuring sufficient blood levels of Vitamin D may reduce the risk of reduced lung function in smokers.
Smoking can decrease the Calcium and Vitamin D in the body and it is also used up in replacing the Calcium. Smoking injures the body, and vitamin D is used up in repairing the body.Know more about Vitamin D deficiency test here.
Calcium screen test is very important for all smokers. Evidence shows that smoking has a very negative effect on the overall bone health of a person. It also leads to faster bone loss (especially postmenopausal women, who are already at risk for osteoporosis). Smoking has also been shown to have a negative impact on bone healing after fracture.
What is the cost of Smoker’s Package in India?
|Smokers Package in India||LabsAdvisor Min. Cost of Smokers Package in India||Market Price of smokers Package|
|Health Check – Smokers Package Cost in Delhi||₹ 3925||₹ 8650|
|Health Check – Smokers Package Cost in Noida||₹ 3925||₹ 8650|
|Health Check – Smokers Package Cost in Gurgaon||₹ 3925||₹ 8650|
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