Tobacco is responsible for cancer of various parts of body like mouth, throat, lungs, stomach, kidney, bladder etc.,
Tobacco leads to Heart and blood vessel disease, Heart Attack, Chest Pain, sudden Cardiac Death , stroke (Brain Attack), peripheral Vascular Disease (Gangrene of legs)
There is 'one' tobacco related death every 8 seconds
Smoking / tobacco causes adverse effects in men and women
The Physical benefits of quitting tobacco
Your risk of cancer and heart disease will go down.
Stress on your heart will be reduced.
Your loved ones will not be harmed by your smoke.
Your smoker's cough (persistent cough and phlegm) will most probably disappear.
Your teeth will become whiter and cleaner.
The Social benefits of quitting tobacco
You will be the one in control - cigarettes will no longer control you.
Your self-image and self-confidence will improve.
You'll be a healthier parent for your children, now and in the future.
You'll have more money to spend on other things.
It's never too late to give it up!
Stopping smoking/tobacco even in middle age before having cancer or some other serious disease avoids most of the later excess risk of death from tobacco.
The benefits of stopping at earlier ages are even greater.
Once you give up tobacco the risk of heart attacks normalized to that of a non-smoker in 3 years.
Tips to Quit Smoking /Tobacco
Hide ashtrays, cigarettes, paan, jarda. out of sight, out of mind. A simple, yet helpful step,
Don't let cigarettes, paan and jarda be easily available. Keep cigarettes/ jarda, paans in a place where you have to make a real effort to get them. For example, another room of the house, places where you don't go to very often, locked in a cupboard etc.
Figure out your "triggers" to smoke, or consume paan / jarda and ways to cope with them. Is it the company of people who smoke/eat jarda/paan? Try in the initial period to be away from smokers/paan eaters/ jarda eaters or rather when they smoke or eat pan/jarda.
Try to put something in the mouth, like chewing gums, sweets, peppermints, lozenges etc. and practice deep breathing
Whenever you have that craving, try deep breathing when either standing or sitting. Having a glass of water and exercising also helps to decrease the craving.
When you feel like taking tobacco, think of your children and the effect on their future if you develop any of the dangerous diseases caused by tobacco.
Set a stop date.
Find a support person.
Make plans for your first day without cigarettes/ paan/jarda.
Use the 4 Ds when the craving for smoking/tobacco hits you:
Do something else
Delay smoking/tobacco consumption the next cigarette
Use positive self-talk.
Practice relaxation techniques (yoga, walking, meditation, dancing, music etc.) every day.