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World No Tobacco Day: Here’s why you should kick the butt!

Today, on May 31 - World No Tobacco Day - Nation Next tells you about the ill effects of smoking on your body and mind and why you should consider kicking the butt!
Dr Sameer Arbat is a Consultant Pulmonologist at KRIMS Hospitals, Nagpur.

Every year, on May 31, World Health Organization celebrates – World No Tobacco Day – highlighting the health risks associated with tobacco use and advocating effective policies to reduce tobacco consumption. Tobacco use is the single most preventable cause of death globally and is currently responsible for killing one in 10 adults worldwide. It is estimated that tobacco takes 2500 lives in India every day.

Today, most of the urban as well as the rural youth have taken to smoking in a major way and it is no more limited to the male counterparts. What might surprise you is the fact that the incidence of smoking in the US has fallen from about 45% thirty years ago to around 21% today. This is due to the growing understanding that smoking has no redeeming benefits; it is all pain and no gain. There are various reasons for people picking up this habit, including peer pressure, an attempt to fight stress, trying to emulate a celebrity or sheer casualness in ones personal decisions.

It is known now, that the old perception of smoking as a tool to help combat stress and relax the body, a benefit cited by many in the past, is scientifically and medically untrue. Smoking contains, among other things, nicotine, which is a highly recognized stimulant. When a person smokes, while it may offer some initial psychological aid to promote relaxation and ?de-stressfication, it actually does the opposite. Smoking very quickly raises ones pulse, raises blood pressure, and physically stresses the body. Most people understand this today.

Considering the health hazards of smoking, what we fail to understand is that till the damage presents as cancer itself, a smoker has lost hours of efficiency and immunity succumbing to emphysema, COPD, ILDs and many other diseases. Plus, there’s an added financial burden in treating all these ailments. The health hazards caused by smoking are many. Five minutes of smoking causes 4,000 chemical compounds and 400 toxic substances to enter the body. With each puff, the body acts as a sponge that absorbs harmful substances.

Most of these are carcinogenic compounds. Smoking can cause cancer almost anywhere in your body, not just lungs and oral cavity. Smokers are exposed to risk of bladder, cervix, colorectal cancer, blood cancer, kidney, liver, etc. Smokers are at greater risk for diseases that affect the heart and blood vessels like stroke and coronary heart disease.

Females are the worst candidates as smokers, as smoking can make it harder for a woman to become pregnant. It can also affect her babys health before and after birth. Smoking increases risks for Preterm (early) delivery, still birth (death of the baby before birth), low birth weight, sudden infant death syndrome (known as SIDS or crib death), and Orofacial clefts in infants. Smoking can also affect mens sperm, which can reduce fertility and also increase risks for birth defects and miscarriage.

Also read: World Asthma Day: Everything you need to know about Asthma

Some facts about smoking:

? Smoking as an addiction now encompasses many forms, like cigarrete smoking, water-pipe or hukka and vaping or e-cigarrete. There is enough evidence now that hukka smoking and e-Cigarette are equally harmfull as smoking cigarretes.

? It’s easy to pick up the habit but very difficult to quit. Awareness and education about its ill-effects is the best way to prevent addiction.

? Cancer, although the most dreadful, is not the only health scare caused by smoking. COPD or emphysema and ILD are major lung diseases which a smoker suffers from, bringing suffering and eventually death to the smoker.

? From financial point of view, smoking is very ?expensive, and as the tobacco companies know that demand for cigarettes is highly price insensitive, future steep price increases are practically guaranteed.

? Smoking is a threat to the smoker as well as his family and friends. Second hand smoke (inhaling fumes by people around a smoker) and third hand smoke (inhaling smoke particles deposited on cloth and furniture surface) are both contributors to major health diseases. An estimated 600,000 non-smokers die each year from exposure to second-hand smoke.

Smoking may still be seen as a somewhat adult/mature thing to do, but there are other better things, one can do to be seen as, and, feel more adult, like exercising self-control, exercising your free choice and being responsible towards ones society and nation.

? Smoking cessation although an uphill task, is an important tool in improving a smokers health and avoiding further complications. It involves an integrated approach from the smoker and the physician in combating the addiction. Consult a chest physician to enroll in a smoking cessation program.

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Ananya is aware of the fact that showbiz is a very tricky business: Chunky Panday

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Chunky Panday

Vijay Deverakonda and Ananya Panday starrer ‘Liger’ turned out to be a failure at the box office. It was Vijay’s debut in Bollywood and Ananya’s first bilingual film too. But the film didn’t shape up the way it was expected and even Ananya’s father-actor Chunky Panday agrees to it. 

Talking about Liger’s failure, Chunky expressed, “Any actor gives his or her 100 percent to a film. And after you finish it, you go out of your way to promote the film. And these days promotional activities are a trend where you even go into masses urging fans to watch it. But sometimes things go wrong and we are depressed about it. And it’s okay, that’s an obvious reaction for any actor to feel devastated. Success or failure can happen with any film, an artist has to live with it and just move on. I’m sure my daughter (Ananya) is aware of the fact that showbiz is a very tricky business.” 

Having said that, Chunky feels that one should not ‘overconfident’ or ‘underestimate’ anything in the film industry. “On a film set, almost around 400 people work. And as an actor, we don’t get to see each and every thing as a whole. We are aware of only portions of what’s happening but we don’t know what’s going to be the end result. So, it’s better to take things as they come,” Chunky stated.

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Even today, I call up people I want to work with: Sharman Joshi

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Sharman Joshi came to fame with romantic-comedy ‘Style’ (2001), his first hit. But, he was already a known face by then with few films to his credit. However, the actor was still trying to set his foot in the industry and had his share of struggle too. In a recent interview, the actor remembered his struggling days.

The ‘3 Idiots’ actor used to call the director for work in those days. “There was a director, who used to have telephone numbers of many directors from Bollywood. I took the list from him and would call them on their landline as those were ‘no mobile’ phone days. One thing that helped me big time was my background in theatre,” shared Sharman. 

But Sharman also confessed that some directors’ would also be considerate. “When I would call the directors and they would talk very respectfully, some even called for a meeting. See, people from showbiz business understand what it takes to be here. So whether you work together or not, that doesn’t really matter. In fact, even today, I just pick up the call and dial to people I want to work with,” said Sharman who made his debut in Bollywood with Godmother in 1999.

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Ayushmann Khurrana with Shah Rukh Khan and right in front of SRK’s house Mannat

Like many, even actor Ayushmann Khurrana is a Shah Rukh Khan fan. And when the actor happened to be in Bandra on Sunday, he stopped by in front of King Khan’s house Mannat. In fact, he made a wish in front of the gate looking at Mannat through the sunroof of his car.

The actor shared a picture on his social media page from SRK’s house and captioned, “Mannat se guzar raha tha. Toh ek mannat maang li #AnActionHero #2ndDecember #SRKian” He added the song ‘Baazigar O Baazigar’ from Shah Rukh’s film ‘Baazigar’ along with the picture. 

Ayushmann, who’s busy promoting his film, ‘An Action Hero’, received lots of comments from SRK as well as his fans.

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