Indian women are dropping jaws all around the world by excelling in the field of commerce, politics, arts, science, literature and any other field you name. But sadly their recent top achievement doesn’t bring any glory to the country and in fact has shown that we are moving into a dangerous health situation. Indian women have now come right on top on an infamous list of ‘Smokers’.
‘It has been found that over the last three years, more Indian women have taken up smoking in which 60% of the women fall in the age group of 18-27.’
According to the reports, India has now over 12.1 million female smokers which are more than any country except the United States. Facts say that an average Indian woman is taking up smoking at 17.5 years as against 18.8 years among men. Around three in 10 men (31%) and one in 20 women (6%) now smoke daily compared with four in 10 men(41%) and one in 10 women (10%) in 1980.
Why is the number of women smokers growing?
Women have been habituated for years and years to doubt ourselves. This self-doubt is the very root that the advertisers take advantage of. Smoking is shown as a trait of modern women in movies and advertisements and to feed our desires to be conventional and advanced, we are ‘buying’ that approval in the form of cigarettes.
A study found out that the influence of peers on cigarette smoking was greatest and young people who smoke most likely have friends who smoke. Since ‘Smoking’ is considered as the new cool, non-smoker women tend to come under peer pressure and also for the matter to get accepted in the lot. Hence, take up the activity of smoking.
Women are lured by the phenomenon of weight loss caused due to smoking. They aren’t far-sighted, and forget that it could be a fatal decision as the slimming effects of tobacco use is detrimental and not healthy at all. Smoking affects weight loss by increasing the metabolic rate and decreasing the metabolic efficiency resulting in loss of appetite. The metabolic effect of smoking could explain the lower body weight found in smokers.Also, there are other common reasons which have lead to an increase in the number of women smoking such as work and environmental stress.
Why does this trend need to stop?
Tobacco kills up to half of its users.
Smoking kills around 6 million people each year. More than 5 millions of those deaths result from direct tobacco use while more than 600 000 die due to passive smoking.
Nearly 80% of the world’s 1 billion smokers live in low- and middle-income countries.
You decrease your chances of natural death and subsequently increase your chances of a painful death with diseases like Cancer.
Cigarettes significantly raise a woman’s risk for ectopic pregnancy the maturation of an embryo outside the walls of the uterus, typically in the fallopian tubes.
Choose your lifestyle wisely; you will live well in the long run!
Ashwathi is an enthusiastic traveller and dancer with a passion for movies and music. Hailing from an Army background, she considers herself fortunate enough to have experienced the diverse cultures that India boasts of. She is a graduate in Journalism and Mass Communications and has worked in print, radio and television.