Spin the wheel of cancer and choose:
Throat, oral cavity, larynx, esophagus, lung, liver, pancreas, stomach, kidney, bowel, ovary, bladder, cervix or blood?
Do you really want to play this deadly game?
Smoking is the most common habit across the world with extensive use of both types of tobacco (gutka or khaini) or smoking tobacco like bidi or cigarettes. Tobacco smoke is made up of over 5000 plus chemicals, of which at least 70 are known to be cancer causing. Tobacco is also a risk factor for oral cancer, periodontal disease and congenital defects in children whose mothers smoke during pregnancy. Tobacco use may cause many types of cancer including cancer of the lung, larynx, mouth, esophagus, throat, bladder, kidney, liver, stomach, pancreas, colon, rectum and cervix. But smoking tobacco is not the only deadliest way to get cancer. People who even chew tobacco are also at an increased risk of cancers of the mouth, esophagus and pancreas. With no safe level of tobacco use, it is imperative for people who use any type of tobacco product to quit.
The chemistry and toxicology of cigarette smoke and its effects are clearly understood now. It is proven that the temperature reaches up to 900 degrees Celsius at each cigarette puff. The high temperature constricts the blood flow to mouth mucosa and increases the bacterial breeding causing yellowing of teeth and calcium deficiency. Calcium deficiency also leads to severe bone loss.
There is no proven way to prevent the harmful effects of tobacco whether you smoke or chew it. Even smoking mild, ultra-mild or low tar cigarettes with or without filters is nowhere better; rather the risk for getting dangerous diseases remains the same. This risk can be reduced only when tobacco in any form is stopped consuming completely. It is the only definite way you can do best for your health. Smoking is not an easy way to quit because nicotine is highly addictive and one may need self-determination and a strong will to quit.