Tobacco: Leading Public Enemy


During the World No Tobacco Day on May 31, Homero Nañez Terreros, who is a pulmonologist at the University Hospital, stated that just one inhalation of cigarette smoke can cause damages in life quality.

Damages due to tobacco use are not determined by the number of cigarettes smoked. One single inhalation is enough to produce the first symptoms that will affect life quality.

"Inhaling cigarette smoke paralyzes the hila and the villi in the trachea and the bronchi. These villi sway back and forth while secreting substances across the respiratory tract. Build-ups of secretions can happen due to tobacco, causing cough and infectious bronchitis that requires medication. You will suffer from disturbed sleep patterns, which will affect your lifestyle and concentration," the UANL specialist explained.

It is estimated that around 25 percent of the world population consumes tobacco. Anxiety, fear, depression, and stress are some of the symptoms shown by a smoker, who usually start consuming tobacco at the age of 18.

The UANL specialist assures that out of every 10 deaths caused by tobacco, four will involve cardiovascular diseases, two, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, two, lung cancer, and the rest, another type of cancer.

According to studies, 10 years are necessary to remove all the nicotine from the body.

Nañez Terrenos added: "Tobacco is the main public enemy of the human being. There is no other condition that affects human health as much as tobacco".

The World Health Organization calculates that, if current trends are maintained, for 2020 tobacco will cause 10 million deceases; 7 out of 10, in developed countries. For 2030, tobacco will be the world’s leading cause of death.

Tobacco Use and Depression

Studies reveal that patients with depression are more likely to smoke than the rest of the population; it has been demonstrated that consuming nicotine significantly reduces depressive symptoms.

It has been shown that in adolescents between 13 and 15, there is connection between smoking and psychosocial problems. According to the Ministry of Health, there is a powerful hypothesis that makes certain assumptions about mood disorder and the abstinence from smoking.

"The longer you smoke, the more damage you do to your body, and once smokers are trying to quit they usually experience frequent episodes of depression, anxiety, anger, and personality disorders. That is why people keep smoking tobacco," Homero Nañez said.

Women are more likely than Men to suffer from depression. Male smokers who smoke one pack per day, are 5 times more likely to suffer from depression than non-smokers.

Nowadays, smokers are 80% more prone to suffer from depression compared to non-smokers.

"When people feel sad, he or she are suffering from depression, but smokers will always find a solution by smoking a cigarrete," the especialist commented.

By: Blanca Medina Viezca
Date: May 31, 2017
Photography: Dennise Garza Torres