India has a rich tradition of using incense in many social and religious occasions since time immemorial. Incense sticks, also known as agarbathi (or agarbatti derived from Sanskrit word Agaravarthi, gara = odour, agar = aroma, varthi = wound ) and joss sticks, in which an incense paste is rolled or moulded around a bamboo stick, is one of the main forms of incense in India.
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Using tobacco products has been linked to a variety of illnesses, including:
kidney and bladder cancers
acute chest illnesses and diseases
chronic chest illnesses and diseases
lung illnesses and diseases
Women who use tobacco products during pregnancy expose their children to the risk of serious respiratory illnesses. Non-users, particularly children, can also suffer serious illness if they are exposed to second-hand smoke. Children exposed to second-hand smoke also have an increased risk of these illnesses, including:
reduced lung function, especially for infants
an increase in lower respiratory tract infections during infancy
impaired lung growth
the risk of developing more serious respiratory diseases in later life.