The habit of chewing tobacco is the oldest known drug. It is a product manufactured from the leaves of the tobacco plant by remedial them. Dry tobacco leaves are mainly used for the smoking purpose in cigarettes, cigars, pipe tobacco, and flavored shisha tobacco. The main source plant of tobacco is Nicotiana and it belongs to Solanaceae family. There are 70 known spices of tobacco; among one Nicotiana Tabacum is the chief commercial crop. N.rustica is the most potent variant used in many parts of the world. The alkaloid nicotine is a stimulant, and Harmala Alkaloids is present in the tobacco.
In the medieval history, tobacco has been used for the treatment of headaches, asthma, gout, labor pains, and even cancer, but this cure causes the adverse effect on the body. Sometimes, tobacco has been used by monks to suppress the sexual drive.
Different Forms of Tobacco
There are different forms of tobacco are available in the market. The tobacco industry modifying its products into different forms, so that they are harmless and all come with the potential to trigger serious health problems. Here are the different products of tobacco:
Bedi: It is made from Tendu leaf and is thin. It is flavored like the cigarette and secured with colored thread at one endpoint. It is mostly used in Indian states for smoking.
Chewing Tobacco: It is the oldest method and chewing tobacco is a form of tobacco that is smokeless. By using the small portion of it and placing it between the gum and cheeks inside the mouth. Chewing tobacco has been chewed in order for flavor and nicotine to be released. The consumption of this type of consumption is smokeless.
Cigars: It is a tightly rolled tobacco leaf. Cigar contains dried and fermented tobacco. The cigar is similar to the cigarette. Its one end burned slowly, and on the other end, smoke is drained into the mouth. The cigar can lead to cancers of the lips, mouth, tongue, throat, and lungs.
Cigarettes: it is manufactured from cured and finely cut tobacco leaves and it is often combined with other elements, then rolled into a paper cylinder. It is consumed from inhalation of smoke.
Creamy Snuff: it is a tobacco paste and consists of tobacco, clove oil, glycerin, spearmint, menthol, and camphor, and sold in a toothpaste tube. It is marketed generally to women in India and is commonly known by its brand names such as IPCO (made by Asha Industries), Denobac, Tona, and Ganesh. In some parts of Maharashtra, it is known as Mishri.
Gutkha: It is mainly prepared by the crushed betel nut, tobacco, and sweet or savory flavorings. It is mainly manufactured in India and export to other few countries.
Hookah: It is a single or multi-stemmed water pipe for smoking. Hookah is firstly used in India and Persia. Hookah gained the popularity in the Middle East. It can be used for many purposes such as smoking herbal fruits or Moassel, a mixture of tobacco, flavoring, and honey or glycerine.
What are the Symptoms of Addiction of Tobacco?
An addiction to tobacco may present if the individual:
- Despite several attempts to quits, cannot stop chewing or smoking
- Must smoke or chewing after long time interval or after the meal
- Despite health problems continuous smoking and chewing
- Gives up activities
- Need tobacco product during the time of stress
What are the treatments for tobacco addiction?
There are several Nicotine addiction treatments are available:
- Nicotine replacement therapy (NRT)
- Nicotine gum helps the people who need the oral fixation of smoking or chewing.
- Nicotine sprays and inhalers can help the individual in giving the low dose of nicotine without any use of tobacco.
- One medication that’s commonly prescribed by the doctors is Varenicline (Chantix), Bupropion
- Psychosomatic and behavioral treatment
Triphala: It helps to remove toxic elements from.
Cinnamon: Whenever you have a craving for Cigarette, suck a piece of Cinnamon.
Ajwain: Take few seeds of this amazing herb and chew in the mouth. In the start, it will be little difficult for you because of bitter taste. However, it will definitely help you in quitting tobacco.
Chamomile: You can take it in the form of Tea. It will calm down your nerves whenever the craving for Cigarette increase.
What are the Consequences of Tobacco?
Tobacco Consumption can cause:
- Cancers of the lungs
- Cancer of mouth and Throat
- Heart diseases or problems
- Chronic lung diseases include bronchitis and emphysema
“Quilting Tobacco can reduce the risk of death”
What is World No Tobacco Day?
World No Tobacco is organized all over the world every year on 31 May. The main aim of this theme is to stop people from the consumption of Tobacco or Smoking. Consumption of Tobacco and Smoking are injurious to Health. Every year WHO and partners highlighting the health and related risks due to tobacco use, and advocating for effectual policies to lessen tobacco consumption.
The theme for World No Tobacco Day 2017 is “Tobacco- A Threat to Development“. This day is organized to draw the global attention to the tobacco plague and the avoidable death and disease it causes. In India, there are 275 million tobacco users. India has one of the highest levels of tobacco consumption in the world. So this year on 31 May, the main Moto of this event to release people the effects of tobacco to hearts-“Tobacco and Heart Diseases”. So, take on oath on this World No Tobacco Day and give up if you are addicted to Tobacco consumption in any form.
“Your Life is In Your Hands”