HYDERABAD: The smoking can cause 50 kinds of cancerous diseases, according to eminent cardiologist and Medical Superintendent Red Crescent Hospital Latifabad Dr. Fazal-ur-Rehman.
He said a smothered cigarette spreads 4700 chemical substances. Talking to this scribe here on Thursday he said if prompt action is not initiated to check the use of tobacco, the death rate in the world would increase up to ten million people annually by the year 2020.
He said that smoking is the single largest cause of many of diseases including cancer of different kinds, cardiac, tuberculosis, asthma, shrinking of mouth tissues and arteries and foot infections.
With the smoking of 20 cigarettes, the user reduces his life by 5 hours and 40 minutes and its continuous use can diminish eight to ten years life of a user, he said.
He said smoking enhances threat of lung cancer by 25 percent, which at present is on top as compared to other kinds of cancer.
The smoking can also cause 10 percent more risk of oral cancers such as cancer of the tongue, mouth and buckle cavity and 15 percent more risk of other diseases including cardiac, tuberculosis, asthma, shrinking of mouth tissues and arteries, respiratory system and foot infections, he added.
He informed that 90 percent patients suffering from lungs and oral cancer are addicts of smoking, which he said is alarming for the society.
Dr. Fazal-ur-Rehman said that smoking is not only injurious for the users, but passive smoking is also a great threat to those who associate with the smokers as inhaling of cigarettes’ smoke could cause more complications.
He said that alternatives of smoking like anti-smoking chewing, Gutka, leaf with chewing tobacco and betel-nut are more dangerous for those who leave smoking. Only a strong will power can bring them back towards healthy life, he added.
He said that despite promulgation of Anti-Smoking Ordinance, the smoking is being frequently done in public places. It because of no serious action, initiated by the promulgators of law in this direction, he added.
Dr. Fazal-ur-Rehman was critical of the screening of advertisement of cigarette companies on television adding that cigarette manufacturing companies are spending million of rupees on publicity of their products
and no one appears to be able to stop them from this practice.
He also emphasised on the need of effective implementation of Anti-Smoking Ordinance so that the smokers could leave such injurious habit, which is causing great threat not only to their lives, but also affecting their will power and judgment.
He said that smoking is an artificial source of intoxication, which also enhances the rate of paralysis and different kinds of bone disease including foot infections.
He emphasised the need of community-based efforts with massive awareness campaign to sensitise people about the hazards of the use of smoking.