Consultant – Orthopaedic Surgeon
Speciality interests include:
Lower extremity: trauma, sports surgery, knee, patella dislocation, tendon problems, foot and ankle surgery, and the management of degenerative joint disease in younger patients.
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Worldwide half of those who use/smoke tobacco will die from use. According to the World Health Organisation (WHO), 7 million people die every year from tobacco use. 6 million of these deaths are a direct result of tobacco use. Sadly 890,000 of these 7 million die from second-hand smoke. In the United Arab Emirates, 36.8 % of male adults smoke and 1.3% of female adults smoke. In 2016 12.8% of deaths in the UAE among men were attributed directly to smoking and 6.05% of deaths among women (Tobacco Atlas; 2016)
The adverse health effects of smoking go beyond damage to the lungs. Continual smoking even one cigarette per day or one every now and then is causing harm and damage to your whole body. Smoking harms almost every organ in the body, some cigarettes contain over 7000 chemicals (USA Department of health and services, 2018). To look more closely at the effects of smoking on the body as a whole, let’s start at the beginning.
When the cigarette enters lips and the mouth, the throat, tongue are affected. Smoking has been linked to mouth and throat cancer (USA Department of health and services, 2018). The smoke travels down your trachea or windpipe, and into the lungs, these organs are now affected too. The chemicals in the cigarettes along with some oxygen are now in the lungs. The lungs do their job and transfer the oxygen into the bloodstream. But what happens to the other chemicals? You guessed it, these chemicals from the cigarette are also put into the bloodstream. Our blood travels around our body to every organ, artery and is returned to the lungs and heart via the veins.
Can you see how this now affects your whole body? When we first think about the harmful effect of smoking we think of the damage to the lungs, some say stopping smoking will not reverse the damage. We must also consider other breathing in second-hand smoke and how this affects their whole body. While stopping completely may not reverse all of the damage done we can repair some function and reduce the long-term health risks. It is also important to note, medically you are not considered a non-smoker until you have completed a full 12 months of completely stopping smoking.
Although there’s extensive damage done with every cigarette, there is hope. The human body is an amazing, complex yet regenerative machine. Within 8 hours of stopping smoking, the excess carbon monoxide will leave your body, within 1 week your taste and smell will improve. Within in 3 months, your lungs will begin to repair. The cilia (the tiny, hair-like organelles that help push mucus out) will begin to repair themselves and start to function properly again. The lungs will begin to improve in function, coughing and shortness of breath will begin to decrease. It is never too late to quit smoking. In fact, one year after you quit smoking your risk of coronary heart disease is halved compared to continuing smokers.
A supported program has also been found to be effective in quitting smoking. Telling your friends and family of your intentions and gaining their support is also very important.
Emirates Integra is offering lung health check-ups and a fully supported 12-month program to help you on your journey. This program involves initial lung function testing and ongoing testing, a comprehensive report on the function and health of your lungs, an action plan and ongoing email and or telephone support.
Ramadan is a great time to help you on your journey to stopping smoking. If you would like to keep the momentum going after Ramadan Please book in for a lung health assessment and sign up for our support program.