People believe that smoking bidis is a better alternative to cigarette and other forms of smoking, because unlike cigarettes and chewing tobacco, bidis frequently lack the required health warnings.But,unfortunately it’s a great misconception. Smoking bidis is just as dangerous as smoking cigarettes.
Why bidi smoking is dangerous?
In bidis chemicals are not added to aid combustion, this is the reason why a smoker takes puffs with more force in order to keep it from going out as well as a smoker uses more bidis in compare to cigarettes to get the same amount of nicotine with which he is habituated early. In this way a bidi smoker takes higher concentrations of toxins to his lungs than cigarettes. Smokers puff on a bidi cigarette is approximately 28 times as opposed to 9 puffs on a regular cigarette.
Facts about Bidis:
- Bidis have been shown to contain even greater amounts of tar and nicotine then regular U.S. cigarettes.
- They have been shown to contain more carcinogenic elements than cigarettes.
- Bidi cigarettes contain more than three times the amount of nicotine and carbon monoxide as traditional cigarettes.
- Bidi cigarettes contain five times as much tar as regular cigarettes.
- Bidi smokers have a greater risk of heart disease and lung cancer than traditional cigarettes smokers.
- Concentrations of nicotine, tar and other toxic agents in the smoke are higher for bidi than for other cigarettes.
- Since bidi is hand-rolled, workers employed in bidi factories are at risk of developing cancerous conditions due to exposure to tobacco dust and flakes.
Smoking bidis has been independently proven to cause:
- Oral Cancers
- Cancer of the larynx
- Cancer of the esophagus
- Lung cancer
- High blood pressure
- Coronary heart disease
- Even those who never smoke a bidi are damaged by the mutagenic and carcinogenic compounds in the air. The dust mutates their skin and damages their chromosomes.
Bidi smoking and youngsters:
Bidis are more famous especially among youngsters and school children. Bidis attract young smokers and children because they don’t carry any health warning, they are cheap, they are easier to obtain, and they are flavored and look like marijuana joints.
- It’s estimated that approximately 3 percent of current high school students smoke bidi cigarettes.
- It’s also estimated that male high school students smoke bidi cigarettes at a rate twice as high as female high school students.
So parents should teach their children early about the dangers of bidi smoking to avoid the fatal diseases caused by it at an early age in children.