People today are enjoying the new term that is ‘smokeless tobacco’. Noncombusted or smokeless oral tobacco are being used as a replacement for tobacco smoking and is even gaining popularity, attention and interest of the people. The companies are trying their best to make it seem more appealing for the people and are introducing products like moist snuff that is low in nitrosamine levels and moisture content, packed in little sachets and are spitless. Although the primary reason for the tobacco firms is to either increase or maintain the usage of tobacco; certain public welfare community think it to be a less harmful tool.
This need for manufacturing such products like e-cigs or moist snuff which has low toxicant levels was needed for appropriate formulation and regulation in order to develop a strategized plan and address this prevailing controversial issue.
However the sanitary issues are becoming worse also due to social inequality and poverty. Developed countries as compared to industrialized countries are showing higher rate of mortality, lower cancer patient’s survival rate, and the expectancy of life shorter. As it’s a known fact that no matter how you consume it maybe through smoking or other means, tobacco is connected with cancers of pharynx, lungs, and mouth. To carry out and formulate effective tobacco prevention activities, it’s necessary to identify smoking related cancers and relative incidence in individual social strata also the tobacco use prevalence across strata.
Differences in class do play a major role in lung cancers, mainly due to unequal tobacco distribution among social classes in society. There however happens to be unresolved issues when it comes to collateral exposures like poor diet, hazardous occupations and restricted access for health care. The epidemiology studies however have not been clearly able to address the socio-economic differences in causing cancer.
Tobacco and women
Although there are less women smoking as compared to men, but there exists around two hundred million women who smoke today, not only this but there are many who chew it. Developed countries have 22% women smoking and developing countries have 9% women smoking. Unless and until sustained and comprehensive initiatives are not taken to reduce tobacco use among women, the estimation will increase up to 20% by the year 2025. This indicates by that time there will be 532 million lady smokers in the world. This can have enormous consequence on their health and families and also on economic well being.
Women have more serious health consequences than men, and are even vulnerable to passive smoking. Asia shows a rise in number of young girls smoking e-cigs and vaping. Also the power of spending among women is increasing and hence the cigarettes are becoming affordable. The cultural and social restrictions earlier that prevented ladies from tobacco usage are weakening; also women specific quitting programs and health education are rare. Moreover, evidence says that quitting among women is a harder task as compared to men. Tobacco firms too are smartly targeting the women by advertising mild, light menthol cigarettes and hence they are becoming prone to it’s usage.