Smoking is dangerous to our health!

Smoking is dangerous to our health!

According to medical sources, tobacco-induced health complications, especially respiratory impairments, is a source of many deaths all over the world, Tanzania being no exception. Smoking kills more than five million people worldwide each year.  Smokers face a very high risk of death from many cancers, respiratory diseases, stroke and many other fatal infections.

Tobacco smoke contains more than 4,000 chemicals in the form of particles and gases. Out of this number, about 60 of such chemicals cause are suspected to cause cancer. According to researchers, if the current smoking trend continues, six million people worldwide will be dying from tobacco related diseases annually by the year 2015. 

There is, therefore, every reason for smokers to start worrying. It would be remiss on our part not to point out that tobacco smoking cuts back on life expectancy with health complications that include critical lung complications. Cigarette is a health hazard to both smokers and non-smokers. Smokers pass problems to non-smokers around them through what is known as passive smoking. 

In the same vein, parents who smoke near infants unwittingly put the child's health at risk.  Even a spouse who smokes endangers his or her non-smoking partner. It is common to see smokers puffing in crowded places in the city of Dar es Salaam.  Smokers often puff in buses, hospitals, libraries, restaurants, bars, banks and government offices, sometimes in front of signs that prohibit the habit. 

Smoking in public or crowded places is restricted by law and is a punishable offence.  Yet, the state earns billions from the cigarette industry and imports.  However,  the government has made it a rule of thumb to have a warning note posted on every cigarette advertisement saying it has been determined that "cigarette smoking is dangerous to your health." 

The same advert is displayed on cigarette packs and is designed to warn smokers and potential smokers against the habit.  It is a funny world, though, isn’t it? Imagine a cigarette manufacturer who has spent billions to set up a factory only to warn potential customers on the dangers of buying the product! 

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