Tobacco- the other name for death!

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By: Imtiyaz Ahmad Sheikh

The use of tobacco in any of its form is undoubtedly a way to commit suicide without actually dying immediately. It may not appear to be some kind of poison, but it actually is the most killing substance ever seen.

On 31st of May World Anti-Tobacco day is observed across the globe and people, academicians, researchers, scholars etc highlight the health hazardous of tobacco. Seminars and symposiums are organized in order to pass this message onto the masses that tobacco has the most lethal impacts on our health and to quit the use of tobacco is better the sooner we do it.

Students in schools, colleges and other institutions also take part in essay writing events in order to share their ideas about the ill effects of tobacco.

It is a well documented fact that tobacco use has negative effective or human health as it contains nearly fifty different chemicals that cause cancer and other ailments. Tobacco also contains nicotine which is highly addictive and causes severe physical and psychological impacts.

World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that each year tobacco causes 6 million deaths around the globe that is about 10% of all deaths in 20th century tobacco is estimated to have caused 100 million deaths.  The most common diseases caused by use of tobacco are those affecting directly heart, liver and lungs.

Recent research by some renowned American biologists has shown that tobacco also influences the process of cell division in the cardiac muscle and changes the heart shape besides affecting other organs.

Smokers not only put themselves at risk for diseases and death but they also put their family and others close to them at an equal or even greater risk. The best way is to quit smoking at once and save not just our own life but the lives of those who are near and dear to us and who are unfortunately passive smokers without their control our it.

On this day, let’s take a pledge to quit smoking if we are smokers and never to touch it again. Let’s also resolve that we inform and educate those around us who use tobacco in any of its form and inform them about the devastating impact it has on health.

Smoking is a bad habit that drains your money and kills you slowly- quit smoking and start living.

The writer is a class 11th student of  Fazil Kashmiri Memorial HSS, Chandilora, Tangmarg. The article was written for a workshop organized by Arts in Life Initiative Foundation-ALIF, Chanpora, Tangmarg.

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