Tobacco and health

As a cigarette manufacturer, Saigon Tobacco company is proud to present tobacco products with the best quality to our customers. However, we are also well aware that smoking is an unhealthy long-term practice. Therefore, we consider it our responsibility to provide clear information about the risks of smoking to help customers make informed choices for their health and the communities.

HARMFUL EFFECTS OF SMOKING

Results of many studies has shown cigarettes contain a lot of toxic chemicals that can cause serious disease such as ammonia, acetone, methanol ... among which nicotine is the most important and dangerous component.

Nicotine can be found in tobacco plants and tobacco smoke. Nicotine is a stimulant with mild effect in reducing stress. According to research by the health authorities, nicotine is believed to be the cause of smoking addiction because of its effects on the central nervous system.

Smoking cigarettes regularly is one of the main causes of dangerous diseases such as lung cancer, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, coronary artery disease.

LUNG CANCER

Lung cancer is a very serious and life-threatening disease; it is the most common type of cancer in the world as well as in Vietnam. Besides other factors such as pollution, asbestos dust inhalation ... smoking is one of the leading causes of lung cancer. According to several surveys, over 90% of patients that were detected with lung cancer was due to smoking habits or exposure to secondhand smoke for long periods. Smokers are likely to be 15 to 30 times at risk of having lung cancer than non-smokers, even the occasional smoking or smoking just a few cigarettes a day also increases the likelihood of disease by 2 to 3 times.

CHRONIC OBSTRUCTIVE PULMONARY DISEASE 

Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease is a group of diseases that cause airflow blockage and problems related to breathing, including emphysema, bronchitis and asthma.

Statistics show that there is a link between smoking and the risk of emphysema or bronchitis. Smoking in adolescents could slow the development of the lungs, which leads to increased risk of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease in adulthood.

In the case of asthma, though smoking is not the direct cause, it can make the condition more severe. Mortality in people with asthma who smoke or used to smoke is 2 times higher compared to normal. 

CORONARY ARTERY DISEASE

Coronary artery disease is the name for a number of heart diseases caused by clogged coronary blood vessels that makes the heart muscle starved of oxygen.

Besides smoking, other factors that can cause heart disease include: high cholesterol, high blood pressure, obesity and lack of exercise... Some studies have shown that the risk of developing heart disease is higher in people who have more than one of the factors mentioned above (for example: obese smokers ...).

OTHER HEALTH PROBLEMS

In addition to the three aforementioned diseases, tobacco also increases the risk of many other health problems. Among these are: stroke, myocardial infarction, aortic aneurysm, cancer of the throat, mouth, bladder, stomach and kidney...

People who are exposure to secondhand smoke (passive smoking) can also have accumulation of nicotine and as a result are no less at risk of disease as active smokers. Therefore, quitting smoking is not only good for your own health but also beneficial for relatives, colleagues and communities in general. For people who decide to smoke, they should strictly abide to smoking regulations in workplaces and public places, no smoking near children, pregnant women or where there is ban signs…

 

From 1987, World Health Organization (WHO) had chosen the 31st of May every year to be “World No Tobacco Day”. To help reduce the harmful effects of tobacco, many countries in the world have implemented legislations and measures for tobacco restriction such as smoking ban in public places, banning adolescents from buying tobacco products, enforcing plain packaging ...