Tobacco: Life or death?
Anupriya | 10 Apr 2015

Tobacco is a product prepared from the leaves of the tobacco plant by curing them. Use of tobacco leads towards many diseases, especially those affecting the heart, liver and lungs, and several cancers. Tobacco contains the alkaloid nicotine, a stimulant. Dried tobacco leaves are mainly smoked in cigarettes, cigars tobacco.

They are also consumed as snuff, chewing tobacco and dipping tobacco. Tobacco is the single greatest cause of preventable death globally. Smoking is a major risk factor for heart-attacks, strokes, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.

It also causes peripheral vascular disease and hypertension. The cigarette is a very efficient and highly engineered drug delivery system. Cigarette smoking is the most popular method of using tobacco. People don't think about their health, they only think about their satisfaction. Tabacco badly affects the body.

Tobacco stains your teeth and gives you bad breath. Tobacco ruins some of your taste buds, so you won't be able to taste your favorite foods. Tobacco causes bleeding gums and cancers of the mouth and throat. People suffering from these diseases find it progressively more difficult to open their mouths.

Whole families, generally unaware of the danger, will share these products at the end of a meal regarding them as little more than mouth refreshers.

Government officials say India accounts for nearly a third of an estimated three million tobacco-related deaths in the world (per year). In 2001, officials in Delhi, the Indian capital, banned the sale of cigarettes to people under the age of 18.

Health campaigners are appalled that some big names in cinema and sports have promoted these products in TV adverts.