Diseases and Tobacco
Non-communicable diseases refer to illnesses that cannot
be transferred through infection or transmission. It includes medical
conditions such as osteoporosis, kidney disease, stroke, and many others. As
can be observed, non-communicable diseases can result to severe suffering and
even death. According to health organizations such as World Health
Organization, there are many risk factors that affect how these diseases are
Among the leading factors is tobacco use. It is said that
there are more than one billion smokers in the world today. These people are at
greater risk of having non-communicably diseases than others. Based on reports,
there are almost six million deaths annually due to tobacco use. Specifically, this
is around 15,000 people who die every day. These deaths are mostly due to the
non-communicable diseases tobacco use has brought upon them. Some of the illnesses
linked to tobacco use are cancer, diabetes, cardiovascular diseases, and
chronic lung diseases. These illnesses cause early deaths not only to direct
users but to everyone in the society.
Although the diseases linked to tobacco use are
non-communicable, it is important to note that it can still affect non-users as
well. Second hand smoke alone amounts to around 600,000 deaths each year.
Almost half of these numbers are women and more than a quarter is children.
Moreover, there is also third hand smoke that can also put both users and
non-users to more risk. These circumstances present one thing: the society is
vulnerable to the harmful effects of tobacco use.
Aside from deaths, non-communicable diseases brought
about by tobacco use (both direct and indirect use) also lead to chronic
suffering in the family. During medication, the whole family of the tobacco
user suffers emotionally and financially due to the pain a family member goes
through and the high prices of medicines and treatment. Even with proper
medication, there is still a big risk of early death.
Tobacco kills and that is a scientifically proven fact.
However, the people still need to be more aware of and more informed about the
bad effects of direct and indirect use of tobacco.