Tobacco is responsible, directly or indirectly, 60 000 deaths per year (twenty-five thousand for cancer). On average, a smoker live, on average, eight years less than someone who does not smoke.
Tobacco, irritating the Mucosa (lining) of the bronchi, promotes the occurrence of chronic bronchitis. It is a progressive obstruction of the bronchial tubes with hypersecretion. If you cough and you spit three months per year and, for two years, you have chronic bronchitis. These symptoms sometimes cause a relative gene. However, they show a partial destruction of your bronchial tissues. You should know that chronic bronchitis can be complicated and lead to respiratory failure. 15 to 40 000 deaths per year in France are due to this disease and its complications.
If you are a smoker, you can estimate your risk by calculating the number of packages-year (PA). It is the number of cigarettes smoked each day, multiplied by the number of years during which you smoked, divided by 20. For example, smoking 20 cigarettes a day for five years represents a consumption of 5 PA. 10 cigarettes a day for 20 years are 10 PA. People who smoked more than 20 PA will present in 50% of cases chronic bronchitis.
90% of lung cancer due to tobacco
Tobacco also promotes the occurrence of lung cancer. Daily inhaled smoke contains carcinogenic factors, which settle on the bronchial mucosa. 80-90% of lung cancers are caused by tobacco. A person who smoked more than 20 PA presents a significant risk of lung cancer.
Cough and spit often should inspire you to do a medical check. These harmless and early signs are often left sides and the consultation is adjourned sine die. Yet, it is at this stage that action is required. Take emergency appointments before a spit that contains blood or because that chest pain leaves you more is not the right solution. Similarly, if infectious episodes follow a priori without reason, pass the door of your GP. You will not regret it.
Certainly, the balance that you will be can be reassuring and so much better! But do not let you go to think that that’s enough. Also, should be seriously considered to quit. Stop smoking helps prevent chronic bronchitis, stabilize and reduce its symptoms if it is installed. Similarly, the risk of lung cancer decreases gradually, to again become the same as that of a non-smoker after a decade of forbearance.
Finish with the cigarette
Then grab your decision. It is still (and always) time. Talk to your doctor who will help you find the solution most suited to your needs. Similarly, some hospitals or clinics now offer to patients with chronic bronchitis of rehabilitation programmes. They include, in addition to smoking cessation and dietary measures, exercises on bicycle Ergometer (30 minutes 5 times per week), physiotherapy sessions focused on respiratory exercises as well as markets in the forest, at the rate of one hour 4 times a week!
Then, start continued the rehabilitation of your health heritage. All partners in health (doctors, pharmacists, nurses, physiotherapists) will not only encourage you and give you all the means to succeed, as the Ministry of health has launched a campaign against this social scourge.