Basic Knowledge about Tobacco Use, ICD-10 Code for Tobacco Use

June 7, 2017

Are you a smoker? Then, you are consuming tobacco almost every day. Tobacco use is absolutely is a leading of preventable illness and death. Tobacco causes many different cancers and chronic lung diseases such as bronchitis, heart disease, and so many other serious health problems.

What is Tobacco?

The most basic thing you have to know is what tobacco is. Technically, tobacco is a green, leafy plant which is grown in warm climates. It is picked and then dried, ground up and used in some ways. Mostly, it is being used in a cigarette, pipe or cigar. A single cigarette that you spend contains over 4.800 chemicals and one of them is nicotine. Nicotine makes tobacco addictive. Once you smoke, or sniff tobacco, nicotine will go deep into your bloodstream and makes you want it more.

What is ICD-10 Code for Tobacco Use?

Everything needs a source, especially a good one. To classify an illness also needs a source. There is a system called International Classification of Diseases or ICD in short including diagnosis codes which is used to diagnose some diseases. The World Health Organization has been expanding it in a year and year. The version that used now is the tenth (ICD-10). ICD-10 code for tobacco use is Z72.

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What are the Worst Side Effects of Tobacco Use?

Tobacco use of course will kill you slowly by some horrible diseases and health conditions. Here are some worst diseases which are caused by tobacco use.

  • Lung Cancer

This type of cancer has killed people more than any other type of cancer. Then, tobacco which can say as cigarette smoking is the number one risk factor for lung cancer.

  • COPD (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease)

A person with COPD will be hard to breath. It is an obstructive lung disease. The symptom will get worse when the patients climbing a short set of stairs. Around 80% of this disease is caused by cigarette smoking.

  • Stroke

Smoking can affect your arteries and it can trigger stroke. Stoke occurs when the blood supply to your brain is blocked. You probably have known that it can cause paralysis and altered brain function.

  • Heart Disease

Actually, smoking harms almost every organ in your body. One important organ like heart can also be harmed. Smoking may cause blockages and narrowing in your arteries that we also talked before.

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