Let’s face it! Cigarettes are widely used all over the world from a very long time. It has come to the surprise of many that over 6.25 lakh children in India are smoking cigarettes on a daily basis. This portrays a very bad image about the society and where it is headed. Cigarettes have been associated with many clinical problems, especially to long-term smokers. Some of this conditions caused by cigarettes are;
- Smokers are faced with the increased risks of getting a coronary heart attack and stroke typically 2 to 4 times.
- There also a risk of developing a cardiovascular disease which is brought about by excessive smoking.
- Respiratory disease will be inevitable too long a term smoker which makes them have poor health. This respiratory disease includes asthma, Lung cancer and possible death from COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease) disease. Smoking can cause cancer in many organs in your body this is why it is easy for smoking to kill you. Some of these organs include Bladder, Blood, Cervix, colon and rectum, Esophagus, kidney and urethra, larynx and the liver. The list continues.
The smoking by the young generation raises a very serious public health. Studies by Global Tobacco Atlas have shown that cigarette claims 17887 lives in a week in the country. This is not an issue to be neglected for too long especially by the ministry of health and the government. They should look into this issue with more seriousness and implement policies to reduce the use of the cigarette. The main beneficiary of a cigarette is the company that makes it. In 2016, 83.12 billion cigarettes were produced. This translates to revenue of USD 346 billion in exchange much life lost. This is not adding any benefit to the society at large. Literary killing your die-hard customers just to make profit think about it this is not fair at all.
Tobacco is going to claim more and more lives if nothing is done to stop or reduce the usage of the cigarette by children in India. A nongovernmental organization, the government and the society at large have to stand firm again the usage of cigarette. At the end of the day, smoking has no benefit in your health. The young should teach in school about the dangers and campaigns will also help in spreading knowledge about smoking and its effects.