Even though I don't think there's one person in the world who believes smoking cigarettes won't affect your health, people still do it. And people still die from it.
Even those who never touch a cigarette can die from secondhand smoke, which is exactly what happened to Aashish Mehrotra's friend.
Mehrotra used to smoke occasionally but quit when his friend died of cancer, even though she never smoked. He lives in Mumbai and frequently visits the hospital to donate platelets and white blood cells.
During his visit on June 2, he created a touching Snapchat story to show people the very harsh realities of smoking.
If you smoke cigarettes, you have 25 times the chance of developing lung cancer compared to non-smokers. But, according to the CDC, 7,300 non-smokers die from lung cancer caused by secondhand smoke every year. Smoking is terrible for everyone involved.
It's one thing to read statistics like that and internalize them, but when you see it up close and personal like Mehrotra has, it's different.
He says in his Snap story,
It will come for you. Cancer doesn't discriminate. The beds see no caste, colour, creed or wealth.
These Snaps are truly powerful.
He wants to show people that cancer from smoking could happen to anyone.
He quit for himself, friends and family.
He wants smokers to stop ignoring their promises to quit.
These snaps aren't just about quitting smoking, they show the truth about cancer. Losing someone to a disease linked to smoking when he or she never even took a puff is horrible. Mehrotra wants his message to be heard no matter what. He told Buzzfeed,
I promised I would make everyone around me understand (even if they thought I was annoying or got mad at me).
The full Snapchat story is below. You can follow Mehrotra on Snapchat at @AgniBankai.