No organ immune to ill-effects of smoking

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Tirupati, Apr 6: No organ or system in the body could escape the ill-effects of smoking, according to Dr C M K Reddy, Chennai-based Senior Consultant Vascular Surgeon. Addressing a press conference here today, Mr Reddy, also the president of Tamil Nadu Medical Practitioners Association (TAMPA), said smoking, including passive smoking, was harmful.

As per the WHO, about 1.5 lakh new cases of tobacco-related cancer were being detected every year and about 55,000 school children were introduced to tobacco every year. India topped the world in the number of oral cancer cases and according to WHO, by 2025, 13 per cent deaths in the country would be due to tobacco use. Buerger's disease, which reduces blood circulation to legs, was mainly found in smokers, Mr Reddy said and added that smoking would affect cardio-vascular and respiratory systems, nerves and immunity.

According to WHO figures, for those who smoke 10 cigarettes a day for a year, life is reduced by a month and those who smoke 10 cigarettes for 12 years, life might be shortened by a year, he said.

The risk would come down if one quits smoking, he said, adding the Centre should take further steps to prevent smoking.

On anti-biotics, he said the Centre should impose restrictions on medical shops, which sell it without doctor's prescriptions. The excess use of anti-biotics would harm the body.

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