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In my quest to discover the most popular drug in India, I stumbled across many many illicit and legal drugs, and variations of those drugs. But as I searched, it became clear that three drugs outdid the rest.
Tobacco was amongst the leaders–and according to my research, comes in third place.
Have you ever wondered what makes something legal or illegal? popular or unpopular? trendy or just "uncool"? The answer is people.
We all live as the result of another's choices. This carries over into every area of life… including drugs and even addiction. The way people choose to deal with certain substances create or prevent problems.
The way the Indian people have chosen to deal with tobacco creates a problem for our country. And now we have to clean up a mess… that isn't getting cleaned up.
What is Tobacco?
Portuguese merchants filled our ports 400 years ago, onboard their ships: tobacco… and lots of it. We didn't hesitate to purchase the unique and chewable substance, and tobacco trade quickly boomed in India.
Tobacco is a green leafy plant, that grows in warmer climates. The leaf is picked, dried and ground up. Tobacco grounds are used in chewing tobacco, cigarettes, bidis and more.
Nicotine represents just one of more than 4,000 different chemicals in tobacco, but it is this chemical that makes the plant so addictive. Once in the bloodstream, nicotine triggers the brain to want more and more.
What are the immediate dangers of Tobacco?
Mostly brought on by the nicotine within tobacco, the plant causes a number of health problems:
Constipation or diarrhea
Falling heart rate and blood pressure
Fatigue, drowsiness, and insomnia
Increased hunger and caloric intake
Increased desire for the taste of sweets
Tobacco has a number of long term dangers as well. As mentioned above, 40% of non-communicable disease are a direct result of tobacco use. These diseases include: cancer, lung diseases, and throat cancer.
Many people smoke because it’s a way they’ve learned to cope with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) symptoms, negative moods, and the stress of daily life. There are ways to deal with emotions without smoking. Counseling can teach you ways to cope, and getting support from loved ones can help, too.
What needs to be done about Tobacco in India?
Because of the obvious threat that tobacco poses to our country (and to our bodies) the Union health ministry has written to all states asking them to either "levy or increase VAT on all tobacco products."
Due to the greater expense, such an increase would result in a significant decrease in tobacco consumption.
But tobacco will always be a part of our country’s fabric, because of this our country needs professional de-addiction centres to combat the addiction problem. Raul Luther, the director of HopeTrust, said it this way:
"(in order to overcome the drug and alcohol problem in india) the government must regulate guidelines to encourage more rehabs that meet basic professional and ethical standards."