Smoking - Hazardous to our health: ‘an overview’

  • Posted on: 10 February 2014
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PharmaTutor (February- 2014)
ISSN: 2347 - 7881

 

Received On: 14/01/2014; Accepted On: 24/01/2014; Published On: 10/02/2014

 

Author: Babu Lal
Department of Pharmacy,
Tirupati College of Polytechnic & Pharmacy,
Sardulgarh Road, Ratia, Dist. Fatehabad (Haryana), Pin-125051
lab_85@rediffmail.com

 

ABSTRACT: The word of smoking, drinking smoke is very famous all over the globe. The practice of Dhumrapana is common in human beings from the last two thousand year’sto induce consciousness. Soon, the recreational use of tobacco became a part of the elite culture throughout the world and shows remarkable value in large scale productivity (multibillion dollar business)[1]. Botanically, tobacco is achieved from the dried leaves of Nicotiana tobacumLinn (var.macrophyll, N. chinensis Fisch), commercially cultivated on small scale to large extent in China, United States and India. The tobacco contains pyridine-piperidine type of alkaloids, among which the most prominent is nicotine. Nicotine, well known as natural botanical insecticide weighs 0.6-3.0% of dried leaves which is synthesized in roots and accumulated in the leaves. Smoking was practicedby early priests to diagnose, heal the bizarre persons and to fend off evil spirits. As time passes, smoking tobacco becomes more than just a ritualistic comportment. However, the pattern has now been endorsed to the growing numbers of ailments, birth defects, and deaths. Worldwide, approximate 4.9 million and alone in United State (US), smoking is the reason for 434,000 deaths per year [2] and every day14,000 peoples die because of smoking-related diseases. Today, medical studies have proven that smoking tobacco is among the leading sources of lung cancer, heart attacks, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), and erectile dysfunction and can also lead to teratogenic effect. Moreover, active smokers are not the only ones in severe danger but people lives around them, bystander’s or passive smoker affected much more accumulating the health-related effect brought about by the emitted dangerous chemicals (smoke) from a cigar or cigarettes. In fact, 33 percent of the nonsmoker population in the US is exposed with environmental cocktail of tobacco smoke [3].

 

How to cite this article: B Lal, Smoking - Hazardous to our health: ‘an overview’, 2014, 2(2), 141-146

 

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