-By Mr. Gautam Khanna, Vice President for the Association of Hospitals
Tobacco smoking is enormously harmful to human health. There’s no safe way to smoke. How much ever a person tries to replace it with cigars, pipes, or hookah it won’t help to avoid the health hazards. Smoking damages entire cardiovascular system. When nicotine hits the body, it gives blood sugar a boost. After a short time, it gives rise to fatigue and craving more. Secondly it lowers good cholesterol levels and raises blood pressure, which can result in stretching of the arteries and a buildup of bad cholesterol. With No smoking day coming on the 9th of March 2017, there is a need to create awareness about the same. Even after the government trying to introduce many initiatives for people to avoid smoking in public places, it has not been implemented as much. People fail to understand that even the passive smoking is also injurious to health.
Some of the bad effects of Smoking are:
• increased risk of stroke and brain hemorrhage
• eye cataracts, macular degeneration, yellowing of whites of eyes
• loss of sense of smell and taste
• yellow teeth, tooth decay and bad breath
• cancer of the nose, lip, tongue and mouth being the major problem
• possible hearing loss
• shortness of breath
• Blockages in blood supply that can lead to a heart attack.
• Intolerable bad smell to neighbour.
To quit smoking a person requires lot of determination mentally and physically. Listed below are some pointers that will help to lead a smoke free life.
• Consult doctor about nicotine replacement therapy. Find something to do to fight tobacco craving
• Make a plan to quit smoking.
• Consider your diet. Eat foods which do not tempt to smoke
• Identify situations which tempt to light up a smoke. Avoid those particular situations and/or venues for some time.
• Invite supports from friends and family to quit smoking, specially from who have stopped smoking.
About Association of Hospital:
The Association of Hospitals has been formed under the Memorandum dated August 6, 1985 and is registered under the Societies Registration Act, 1860. The Association is also registered under Maharashtra Public Trust Act, 1950 as Public Charitable Trust with the office of Charity Commissioner, Maharashtra State.
Presently there are 50 members of the Association and all of them are Public Charitable Trust Hospitals registered under Maharashtra Public Trust Act, 1950 with the concerned offices of Charity Commissioner, Maharashtra State depending upon the Jurisdiction. The members being not-for-profit charitable hospitals render yeomen service to the public and bear a major share of healthcare service to the people.