There’s no denying the fact that cigarette smoking is injurious to health. You’ve probably come across this warning in the papers, on television, on social media, before every movie screening, and even on the top of cigarette packs.
Yet, you pay no heed and continue to ignore the serious health conditions caused due to cigarette smoking.
Perhaps, it’s the addictive nicotine in those poisonous sticks that makes you overlook the health repercussions of smoking it. However, Dr. S.K. Mundhra, general physician, Saroj Superspeciality Hospital, Delhi, is quick to remind us all of the graveness of the situation.
“Cigarette smoking harms every organ of the body and hampers the general health of an individual. In fact, long-term smoking can cause persistent coughing, Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD), vision problems, heart diseases, infertility, and premature death,” he warns.
“It is better to quit smoking completely. However, if one is not able to do so, there are some steps that can be taken to control the damage of lungs and body,” says Dr. Mundra.
Check them out:
1. Stay hydrated
Getting enough water is quintessential for keeping our lungs and body healthy. For the lungs especially, staying hydrated throughout the day by taking an adequate amount of liquids helps to keep the mucosal lining (a lining that keeps the airways moist and protected) thin because a thinner lining helps in the better functioning of lungs.
2. Regular exercise
Exercise keeps your body and even your lungs in good shape. Basically, when you work out, your heart rate goes up which makes your lungs work harder as your body requires them to pump more oxygen and expel more carbon dioxide. So, a physical workout is also a great workout for the lungs.
3. Avoid exposure to pollutants
Exposure to air pollutants elevates the risk of developing numerous medical issues—especially related to the lungs. Hence, try to avoid areas with heavy traffic, or places such as construction and mining sites, which can expose you to a lot of dust and pollution.
4. Regular screening
Regular check-ups despite feeling absolutely fit and fine can prevent serious diseases—especially lung diseases, which sometimes remain undetected. In fact, during a check-up, the doctor will hear your breath and advise medication as well as treatment accordingly.
While quitting is the best option, you can try out these damage control tricks till you’re able to successfully kick the butt!
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