The Harmful Effects of Smoking

Dr. Milan Khara, MBChB, CCFP,ABAM, discusses The Harmful Effects of Smoking

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Dr. Milan Khara, MBChB, CCFP,ABAM, discusses The Harmful Effects of Smoking
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Featuring Dr. Milan Khara, MBChB, CCFP, ABAM
,The Harmful Effects of Smoking The Harmful Effects of Smoking
Duration: 2 minutes

The numbers that relate to tobacco use are actually staggering.  

This still is the number one preventable cause of death and disease globally and if you look at the number of people that die worldwide today, that’s five million per year tobacco attributable deaths and very soon probably by around 2030, that will be around ten million tobacco attributable deaths worldwide, and a number of deaths arising particularly in the developing world.

Most smokers understand that tobacco use is harmful but they often underestimate the magnitude of risk. We all know about lung cancer, those who smoke have a twenty-fold increase risk of lung cancer. 

We know that lung cancer the number one cancer killer in the world ninety percent of lung cancer cases is attributable to tobacco smoke. But, it’s not just about lung cancer, a whole variety of malignancies we can attribute to tobacco use and certainly, we know that those who smoke are at a significantly increased risk of cardiovascular events.  

Stroke and heart attack, three to four times more likely in smokers and we also know that smokers are at a vastly increased risk to developing COPD or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. One in two of all smokers will die prematurely as a consequence of their tobacco use and the average loss of life is thought to be something in the region of ten to fifteen years.

There is a variety of places you can go to get support and advice for smoking cessation whether you see a pharmacist, the practice nurse or your family doctor, the kinds of support that are out there will increase the likelihood of success. 

And, whether that help is using a smoking cessation medication, for example the patch or the gum or one of the prescription medications or whether it’s receiving some counseling support, some advice, some strategic planning around the quit attempt, or best of all a combination of both, that approach will be beneficial in terms of increasing the likelihood of success.    

Presenter: Dr. Milan Khara, Family Doctor, Vancouver, BC

Local Practitioners: Family Doctor

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