Yesterday, when I was waiting for an autorickshaw near Boring Road I saw a group of boys around 16 to 20 years age dressed shabbily which they pretend to be cool, were smoking proudly.
How tragic it is that about 13 lakh people in India die every year due to diseases related to smoking and tobacco consumptions. Then also you’ll find people smoking here and there. It is really sad in spite of all anti-smoking campaigns, about 550 new persons starts smoking per year.
Smoking accounts for about 90 percent of deaths from lungs cancer, about 15 percent of deaths from chronic bronchitis and about 25 percent from coronary artery diseases in males as well as female over 65 years of age. Death caused by tobacco and smoking is the biggest epidemic in advanced countries. Smoking harms not only the smoker but also others in proximity even if they do not smoke. They have to inhale the smoke exhaled by smokers.
The wives and children of heavy smokers also contract various tobacco-related diseases. Non-smokers in close company of smokers have really no choice but to breathe tobacco smoke. They have to breathe polluted air for no fault of theirs. If a non-smoker stays in a smoke-filled enclosed space such as office room or railway compartment, bus etc. He/ she will run the same risk as a regular smoker.
The running mother who smokes, excretes nicotine in her milk which the innocent newbirth drinks. Such infants are more prone to bronchial asthma. As smoking during pregnancy affects the development of the child, expectant mother should never smoke. If parents smoke regularly their children will experience much higher incidence of cold, repeated respiratory infections, asthma and middle ear infections. Protection of the passive tobacco smoker from the harmful effects of tobacco requires urgent action. It is possible only by public awareness and extensive legislation.
Communicative English with Media Studies – II,
Patna Women’s College.