Tobacco and health: What can the medical profession do?

Bhatia, R S and Vijayan, V K (1994) Tobacco and health: What can the medical profession do? Lung India, 12 (4). pp. 178-185. ISSN Print: 0970-2113; Online: 0974-598X

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Tobacco consumption, that leads to three million deaths every year of which about one million occur in developing countries is a social evil(1). Tobacco smoke is a complex mixture of as many as 4700 individual constituents including carcinogens, irritants, ciliotoxic substances and poisonous gases. There is no dearth of information about the health hazards to smokers. it has been implicated as a major risk factor in a variety of chronic diseases including cardiac, cerebrovascular, malignant, respiratory and other diseases (2), Most of the smoking related lung diseases (e.g. chronic obstructive lung disease and lung carcinoma) are dose dependent. it is often the cumulative dose of smoking which determines the risk. Parameters like pack-year (PY) have been used to express exposure to tobacco smoke. One PY implies one packet of cigarettes (or 20 gms. tobacco) smoked each day over a course of one year (3). In India the number of cigarettes and bidis per packet is quite variable. A standard packet of cigarette and bidis per packet is quite variable.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: Tuberculosis > Clinical Research
Divisions: Clinical Research
Depositing User: Dr. Rathinasabapati R
Date Deposited: 24 Sep 2013 06:13
Last Modified: 14 Mar 2016 05:54

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