What is Tobacco? It is the leaves of a plant called Nicotiana tabacum. There are more than 70 species of tobacco.
How is Tobacco Processed? Leaves are dried and powdered, through a process called ‘Curing’
How is Tobacco Used? Cigrarettes Beedis Pan Masala Snuff
What does Tobacco Contain? Nicotine – Addiction causing Substance Tar – a dark mixture of 4000 poisonous chemicals (many of them causing cancers) Carbon Monoxide – a poisonous gas (same gas from car exhaust)
Why is Tobacco Dangerous? It is the Biggest KILLER It Kills 50,00,000 people every year ! 10,00,000 in India ! It causes more than 25 diseases ! Cost of tobacco use is Rs. 4500,000,000,000 every year globally.
Diseases Caused by Tobacco Tobacco causes diseases in almost all parts of the body
Heart Attack Heart Attack is caused by Tar in tobacco causing damage to the blood vessels of the heart
Brain Damage & Stroke Stroke is caused by Tar in tobacco causing damage to the blood vessels of the brain
Foot and Leg Ulcers Leg Ulcers are caused by Tar in tobacco blocking the blood vessels to the legs
Chronic Bronchitis Chronic Bronchitis is caused by tobacco smoke destroying the healthy lung tissues Normal LungLung with Chronic Bronchitis
Lung Cancer Lung Cancer is the most dangerous disease of tobacco smoking. Death is 100% sure. Normal Lung Lung with Cancer
Passive Smoking Passive Smoking is Inhalation of tobacco smoke from someone else This smoke contains 2 times more nicotine and tar than directly inhaled smoke.
Smoking During Pregnancy Inhalation of tobacco smoke during pregnancy causes birth defects in the baby
Benefits of Quitting Tobacco Within 8 hours, carbon monoxide level in body drops Within 3 days, breathing becomes easier Within 6 months, coughing, stuffy nose, tiredness gone Within 1 year, risk of heart attack is cut in half Within 10 years, risk of lung cancer is cut in half Within 15 years, risk of heart attack is the same as a person who never smoked!
Other Benefits of Quitting Set a good example for children! Will no longer affect the health of others because of passive smoking! More money to save or to spend on other things! More energy to do the things you love! Become a more acceptable person to every one!
Quitting is Actually Easy Children can play an important role in making grown-ups quit the tobacco habit