Understanding The Impact of Tobacco Use on Your Physical And Mental Health
"Uncle, ek ghutka dena."
(Uncle, give me one packet of chewing tobacco.)
How often have we heard this request at a local paan shop? Tobacco use, whether smoking or chewing, is a deeply ingrained habit in the Indian subcontinent. Let's highlight the health consequences of tobacco use on your physical and mental health and emphasise the importance of finding a replacement through NRT (Nicotine Replacement Therapy) products.
Grave Health Consequences of Tobacco Use
It's a common phrase used to downplay the dangers of tobacco use. Regardless, the consequences of smoking or chewing tobacco are anything but trivial. Did you know that India is the second largest consumer of tobacco in the world? To top it, there is a common misconception that smokeless forms of tobacco, like gutka, khaini etc, aren’t as harmful as cigarettes. Tobacco consumption in any form is grievously harmful to health.
Tobacco is the leading reason for death due to non-communical diseases (NCDs) like cancers, diabetes, respiratory and cardiovascular diseases. In cases of cancers of the respiratory system, 90% are due to tobacco consumption. While the percentage of smokers has reduced, the trend to light a cigarette or have smokeless tobacco is on the rise in Asian and African countries.
Tobacco consumption impacts the following areas of physical health:
- Cancers: oral, liver, lung, stomach, bowel, and ovarian, apart from increased risk for leukaemia
- Cardiac diseaes like atherosclerosis, coronary artery constriction, tachycardia and hypertension
- Joint pain
- Hormonal disturbances
- Sleep disturbances and headaches
- Peptic ulcers
Tobacco Use Affects Mental Health
"Ek cigarette se stress kam hota hai."
(One cigarette helps reduce stress.)
Many people associate tobacco use with stress relief. Studies have shown that tobacco users are more likely to suffer from anxiety, depression, and other mental health issues. The temporary relief provided by smoking or chewing tobacco is a dangerous illusion, leading to a vicious cycle of dependence and worsening mental health. It's crucial to break free from tobacco usage and find healthier ways to manage stress.
Breaking Free: Embracing Tobacco Replacement for a Healthier Life
"Kabhi kabhi toh chalega na?"
(It's okay sometimes, right?)
This mindset makes it difficult for many to quit tobacco altogether. The key is to replace tobacco use with a healthier alternative. Nicotine replacement therapy (NRT) is one such option that can help you quit tobacco gradually, reducing withdrawal symptoms and cravings until you quit completely.
NRT products like nicotine gums, patches, and lozenges are becoming progressively commonplace because of increased awareness amongst the masses. They are available in various online and offline pharmacies and stores like Swiggy Instamart, Flipkart etc.
The Struggle of Overcoming Nicotine Addiction: A Daunting Challenge
For many tobacco users, the consequences of leaving tobacco consumption can be overwhelming. Nicotine addiction is a powerful force, making quitting tobacco challenging. It's essential to acknowledge the difficulty of this journey and seek help when needed. There are support groups, hotlines, and healthcare professionals available to assist you in overcoming this dependence. Remember, you're not alone; your family and friends and we at RYZE are there to support and cheer for you throughout.
Safeguarding Your Future: Reduce Tobacco Consumption Now
"Bachpan se toh khata hoon, ab kya farak padega?"
(I have been consuming it since childhood, what difference will it make now?)
It's never too late to quit smoking or chewing tobacco and reap the long-term benefits of a tobacco-free life. The longer you stay away from it, the lower your risk of developing chronic illnesses and improve your chances of enjoying a longer, healthier life. Quitting tobacco use is an investment in your future.
The time to act is now. Don't let tobacco use dictate your physical and mental health any longer. Embrace a healthier lifestyle by replacing tobacco with NRT products like nicotine gums or patches. We talk about them in-depth here.
Take the first step today and join the growing community of individuals reclaiming their lives from tobacco use. Share your story, seek help, and inspire others to embark on this life-changing journey. All the best!