Oris Swiss watches are popular. But not in Kenya or Africa where it is Oris cigarettes, not because of heavy advertising but the prevalence of use amongst the youth.
A cigarette is any cylindrical roll of tobacco for smoking, and Oris qualifies to be one – its tobacco has a 1.5% or 15 milligrams per milliliter (mg/mL) nicotine content, higher than that of ‘normal’ cigarette brands such as Sportsman, Dunhill, and Pall Mall Safari and Pall Mall Plus which usually contain around 6mg/mL – 12 mg/mL of nicotine, the latest report Assessment of Emerging Trends of Drugs and Substance Abuse in Kenya by National Authority for the Campaign Against Alcohol and Drug Abuse (NACADA) shows.
That was after laboratory analysis of commonly used street drugs because, as per the Oris tobacco manufacturing company Oris Swing, the nicotine content of Oris Slim Double Apple Blend Cigarette, also Oris xplore Applemint of London Series, is 0.4mg/mL with a standard tar yield of 3.
Oris cigarettes are produced in five major blends: Oris xplore Blue, Oris xplore Green, Oris xplore Black, Oris xplore Silver, and Oris xplore Applemint, and go at a mean price of Ksh300 per pack or Ksh20 per stick in retail shops.
What are the health effects of smoking Oris?
Oris is a tobacco product containing nicotine – not dangerous but causes addiction – and thousands of chemical additives like arsenic, benzene, beryllium, butane, cadmium, formaldehyde, naphthalene, lead, toluene, and others.
For instance, the beryllium in Oris is a radioactive compound used in nuclear reactors, alloys of cadmium and lead in the production of lead-acid batteries, and arsenic is a rat poison.
Of the present dangerous chemicals in cigarettes, at least 70 are carcinogenic, causing cancers of the trachea, bronchus, lungs, throat, tongue, larynx, and stomach, posing serious health risks to smokers and those who inhale secondhand smoke. Learn about other health effects of smoking oris;
1. It weakens the immune system
Smoking Oris cigarettes suppresses the immune system, making the body susceptible to diseases because the harmful chemicals included in it reduce the levels of protective nutrient antioxidants such as vitamins A and C when the smoke introduces free radicals in the body.
A weakened immune system means more opportunistic diseases, regular doctor visits, and expensive disease management, especially for autoimmune diseases like rheumatoid arthritis caused by smoking.
2. It harms your eyes
Cadmium in Oris smoke can cause moderate to severe vision impairment when the chemical element is deposited in the lens of the eyes to cause cataracts, the leading cause of blindness in the world.
It also damages the light-sensitive photoreceptors in the macula of the retina, which is responsible for sharp and clear vision. Other eye diseases caused by smoking Oris are retinal ischemia and conjunctivitis.
3. It damages the lungs
Smokers are more likely to develop life-threatening lung damage than non-smokers because Oris smoke with carbon monoxide and a mix of toxic chemicals damages the air sacs in the alveoli of the permanently degenerative lung tissue, which cannot replace itself naturally when it gets destroyed.
After the respiratory surface is damaged, smokers find it hard to achieve full inhalation and prevent airborne diseases like tuberculosis or even death.
4. It affects heart health
The narrowing of arteries and veins circulating blood to the heart and the body after a plaque buildup in the blood vessels, as a result of inhaling chemicals in Oris cigarette smoke, may cause heart attack, hypertension, stroke, and even death.
The changes in blood chemistry are also a risk factor for peripheral artery disease, coronary heart disease, and atherosclerosis.
5. It threatens oral health
Oris smoking can cause serious oral problems like oral cancer, dental caries, and periodontitis. Epidemiologic studies indicate that active smokers undergo more dental examinations than those who don’t smoke, and cigarette smoke interferes with dental implants in cases of missing teeth.
6. It decreases fertility levels
Sperms exposed to the toxins in Oris cigarette smoke have a low fertilizing potential as the finely cut tobacco contains cotinine, a metabolite of nicotine that reduces sperm concentrations and sperm count in men.
In women, smoking causes nicotine and cotinine contents to mix with fluids in the oviduct, where fertilization takes place, leading to lower fertility levels or miscarriage or stillbirth when they smoke Oris during pregnancy.
The negative health effects of Oris tobacco smoking are well-documented, and you may be trying to quit the habit. Quitting smoking is often difficult, but the more one tries, the faster the recovery and the lesser the withdrawal symptoms. After years of smoking, you can still give it up for good.