Author – Dr. Ashok Rattan, Chairman Medical Committee & Quality Redcliffe Labs
Tobacco Consumption: Early Signs of Damage and the Importance of Quitting
Oral Health Regular tobacco use can lead to a range of oral problems, decreased sense of taste and smell, and increased risk of oral cancers. Recognizing these signs is crucial for taking proactive steps towards quitting.
Respiratory System Chronic coughing, wheezing, and shortness of breath are early indicators of tobacco-related damage to the respiratory system. Smokers are more susceptible to respiratory infections and may develop chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).
Cardiovascular Health Tobacco consumption significantly raises the risk of cardiovascular diseases. Damaging the lining of blood vessels, it increases the chances of heart attacks and strokes. Chest pain, palpitations, and increased heart rate may indicate early stages of severe cardiovascular damage.
Skin and Appearance Smokers experience premature aging with the development of wrinkles, fine lines, and sagging skin. Tobacco use diminishes the skin’s natural elasticity, leading to a dull complexion. Smokers are also more likely to develop skin cancers.
Reproductive Health Both male and female reproductive health are affected by tobacco consumption. Males may experience erectile dysfunction and reduced sperm count, while females face challenges in conception and an increased risk of complications during pregnancy.
Positive Effects on Mental Health Quitting smoking can lead to improved symptoms of depression, reduced anxiety and stress levels, and an overall positive outlook. It is as effective as antidepressants in improving mental health and well-being.
Take Control of Your Health Quitting tobacco takes you to the repair and rejuvenation mode. Despite initial withdrawal symptoms, the health benefits are substantial. Heart pulse and blood pressure start to restore within minutes, and after a year, the risk of heart attack reduces to half.
Remember, it’s never too late to quit tobacco and start a journey towards a healthier life. Recognize the warning signs, seek support, and take steps towards a tobacco-free future