According to the World Health Organization
According to the World Health Organization (WHO), tobacco consumption claims about 80 lakh lives every year, with an estimated 10.3 lakh non-smokers exposed to second-hand smoke.
Smoking is said to affect reproductive health in women. In some cases, women who smoke may find it difficult to conceive or may lead to premature birth, low birth weight.
The pregnancy may experience complications such as infant mortality. Smoking increases your risk of cervical cancer. So doctors advise women trying to conceive to avoid smoking.
Risk of cancer
Smoking can cause various types of cancer, including mouth and throat, esophagus, stomach, colon, rectum, liver, pancreas, lung, trachea, kidney, urethra, and cervical cancer.
Risk of heart disease
Smoking is one of the risk factors for heart disease. Millions of people die every year from tobacco-induced heart disease. This equates to one in five deaths from heart disease. So people with heart problems should quit smoking.
Smoking affects your skin and accelerates the aging process. This deprives your skin of oxygen and nutrients, inhibiting the production of collagen and elastin.
Toxins in smoke trigger harmful enzymes that break down these important proteins. It causes wrinkles and sagging skin. So quitting smoking is an anti-aging measure that can help your skin heal and regain its youthful glow.
Smoking is dangerous for your bone health. Not only does it reduce the blood supply to your bones, but the nicotine in cigarettes slows down the production of osteoblasts. It suggests that 30-40% of elderly smokers are at greater risk of breaking their hips than non-smokers.
If you are a smoker, you are also likely to be at risk of dental problems. Smoking increases your risk of gum disease, which can affect the bone structure that supports your teeth. Red or swollen gums, pain while chewing, sensitive teeth and bleeding gums are some of the common symptoms.