Ana Theresa Williams BSN RN
Manolito was still 13 years old when he first started to smoke. He used to smoke very often at least five packs a day and this kept him in bondage with this vice for several years without trying to stop from this poor and unhealthy lifestyle. But at age 32 he died due to complications in the lungs.
Experts said it is now a common sight to see many Filipinos in their early 30s to suffer from heart attack or stroke (brain attack). Cardiovascular diseases would normally attack people in their 40s, but not now.
In fact, studies show 10 Filipinos die from tobacco use every hour, and cigarette smoking kills nearly 876,000 Filipinos annually. But those addicted to nicotine cannot understand this statement well.
Former Philippine Heart Association president Dr. Saturnino Javier said smoking is an eternally lit time bomb waiting to wreak havoc any time, on any Filipino, on any family, whether you’re poor, rich, young, old, female or male.
Besides in every smoke you take it contains nearly 4,000 chemicals of which 60 are proven cancer-causing agents. Unfortunately, it’s not only the smoker who suffers but also the second-hand smoker or those who are exposed to cigarette smoke.
I consider those who are addicted to the nicotine substance as one suffering from ‘smoker’s disease’ because they do not have the courage anymore to fight smoking and even halt this deadly vice.
Whether you like it or not, smoking kills. It destroys every cells, nerve and vital organs in your body. U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said an estimated 90% of all deaths from chronic obstructive lung disease are caused by smo-king.
Compared with non-smokers, smoking is estimated to increase the risk of coronary heart disease by 2 to 4 times, stroke by 2 to 4 times, men developing lung cancer by 23 times, women developing lung cancer by 13 times, and dying from chronic obstructive lung diseases such as chronic bronchitis and emphysema by 12 to 13 times.
Smoking and cardiovas-cular disease. Smoking causes coronary heart disease, the leading cause of death in the United States. It also causes reduced circulation by narrowing the blood vessels or arteries and puts smokers at risk of developing peripheral vascular disease such as obstruction of the large arteries in the arms and legs that can cause a range of problems from pain to tissue loss or gangrene. Smoking causes abdominal aortic aneurysm such as swelling or weakening of the main artery of the body, which is the aorta, where it runs through the abdomen.
Smoking and respiratory disease. We all know that smoking causes lung cancer but there are still a lot of people who believes in smoking. It causes lung diseases such as emphysema, bronchitis and chronic airway obstruction by damaging the airways and alveoli such as small air sacs of the lungs.
Smoking and cancer. Smoking causes cancer such as acute myeloid leukemia, bladder cancer, cancer of the cervix, cancer of the esophagus, kidney cancer, cancer of the larynx or voice box, lung cancer, cancer of the oral cavity or mouth, pancreatic cancer, cancer of the pharynx or throat and stomach cancer.
Smoking also has many adverse reproductive and early childhood effects including increased risk for infertility, preterm delivery, stillbirth, low birth weight and sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS).
Among the associated adverse health effects are postmenopausal women who smoke have lower bone density than women who never smoke, and women who smoke have an increased risk for hip fracture than women who do not smoke at all.
HEALTHWATCHING: I urge, then, first of all, that petitions, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for all people— for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness. 1 Timothy 2:1-2