Tobacco killing the next generation

Kick the bud for better tomorrow.! Dr. Samir D. Garde,Pulmonologist,Global Hospitals,Mumbai

Published On: 2015-05-28

May 28,2015-Smoking is Injurious to Health’, this warning probably we have heard or seen umpteen number of times in     TV commercials, movie theatres, print ads and at a few   public places, but seldom anyone bothers to pay any heed to it.

We have been talking about banning smoking, law has been enacted, but nothing has happened till date, on the contrary smoking has gone up and ironically numbers of   women smokers are on the rise. According to the studies India now has 12.1 million women smokers and falls only behind the United States in this segment. While an average male smokes 6.1 cigarettes a day, the same rate for an average woman is 7.

With the increase in number of women taking up smoking, we are risking the next generation; our next generation will be born with number of abnormalities, if we do not stop at this stage. Already, there have been serious issues with regards       to fertility of women, problem with conceiving, miscarriage, still birth and the worst, children being born with Asthma.


A woman who smokes during pregnancy is at increased risk of a wide range of problems including ectopic pregnancy,miscarriage and premature labour. Women           who smoke are twice as likely to give birth to a low birth weight baby compared to non-smokers. Low birth weight babies are at greater risk of death, and are more vulnerable     to infections, other health problems such as breathing difficulties and long-term health problems in adulthood. 

Smoking during pregnancy will have major effects on generation next: Likelihood of increased heart rate in new born High risk of miscarriage and stillbirth Premature     delivery or born with low birth weight Increases baby's risk of developing respiratory   (lung) issues Children born with asthma Greater chance of child birth with abnormalities Increases risk of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome.

By 2020, there will be 1.5 million deaths from smoking in India and we have seen an increase in fertility problems and cancer-related issues among women over the past few years, something that can be attributed to increase in smoking among the females. The nicotine (the addictive substance in cigarettes), carbon monoxide, and numerous other poisons you inhale from a cigarette are carried through your bloodstream and go directly   to your baby, Smoking affects new born when there is a shortage of oxygen which has devastating effects on baby's growth and development. Babies weight, size, body, lungs, heart, brain function all gets effected. 

There are no official records to tell us how many females are affected by smoking every year, but the number is expected    to be very high. After all, tobacco kills every third user “prematurely through cancer, heart and lung diseases” and 2,500 people die daily owing   to tobacco consumption in India. Women who smoke are gradually forming a large chunk of that ratio.

Nicotine addiction is very hard to do away with. Parents who smoke are more likely to have children who smoke; so if you stay tobacco-free your child stands a better chance of never getting the habit of tobacco.









 

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A woman who smokes during pregnancy is at increased risk of a wide range of problems including ectopic pregnancy,miscarriage and premature labour. Women who smoke are twice as likely to give birth to a low birth weight baby compared to non-smokers
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