Dr. Joseph Natsah of General Hospital, Kachia in Kaduna State has advised youths against tobacco smoking, saying it leads to impotence.
Natsah said in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria on Tuesday in Kaduna that tobacco smoking results in low sperm count, weak erection and impotence.
He warned girls involved in smoking to desist from the habit as it would also prevent them from either conceiving or having still birth.
Natsah said tobacco smoke generally has adverse effect on every organ of the body, including the immune system.
The medical practitioner listed some of the conditions generated by smoking to include coronary and heart disease, as well as breathlessness and influenza,
He also said that smoking causes cancer such as leukaemia, cancer of the bladder, throat and stomach.
Also, a laboratory technician, Mercy Onu, said smoking was contributing to higher percentage of deformed sperms and impotency.
Onu also said it contributes to “painful ulcers along the digestive tract and build up fatty deposit on the artery walls”, thereby leading to low blood flow and heart attack.
A police sergeant, Dalhatu Konkiyel, who said he was a “retired chronic smoker”, told NAN that he experienced various health challenges while smoking.
Some of the challenges, Konkiyel said, were poor vision, high blood pressure, common cold, tooth decay, gum disease, sleeping and blood circulation problems.
He advised the youths not to indulge in the habit, to avoid early death and psychological trauma.
Konkiyel called on the Federal Government to ban the manufacture, distribution, sale and smoking of tobacco in the country.