quit tobacco 31st may

World No Tobacco Day – protect the youth from Tobacco

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8 million people died each year due to tobacco use in which 7 million are those who die due to direct tobacco use while around 1.2 million are the result of non-smokers being exposed to second-hand smoke.

To aware people about the harmful impact of tobacco on the lungs, 31st May is celebrated as World No Tobacco Day (WNTD). The campaign’s main aim is to spread awareness among citizens about the deadly effect of tobacco and use and second-hand smoke exposure.

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Respiratory diseases are the major cause of deaths globally and tobacco is a major factor leading to respiratory diseases. Tobacco not only harms those who are consuming it directly but people who are in contact with smoke are equivalent affected. Tobacco smoking and exposure to second-hand smoke are major risk factors for lung cancer, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), tuberculosis (TB), and asthma.

World No Tobacco Day 2020

This year WHO has launched a global campaign to curb the indulgence of the young generation into tobacco and related Industries. The campaign will provide young people with the knowledge required to easily detect industry tactics to lure them for tobacco use and equip the young people with the tools to rebuff such tactics, thereby empowering young people to stand up against them.

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Tobacco and COVID 19

Tobacco smoking is a major cause of many respiratory infections and diseases and COVID 19 is an infection that primarily attacks the lungs. A review of studies by public health experts convened by WHO on 29 April 2020 found that smokers are more likely to develop severe disease with COVID-19, compared to non-smokers.

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Smokers have a higher risk of getting coronavirus because they are constantly putting their hands to their lips. And then, if they get coronavirus, they run a greater risk of getting a severe case because their lung function is impaired. 

Quit today to reduce these risks and start living a healthier life.

Quick tips to curb your tobacco cravings:  

  1. Delay: Delay as long as you can before giving in to your urge.
  2. Deep breathing: Take 10 deep breaths to relax from within until the urge passes. 
  3. Drink water: Drinking water is a healthy alternative to sticking a cigarette in your mouth. 
  4. Do something else to distract yourself: Take a shower, read, go for a walk, listen to music!

Information source: https://www.who.int/tobacco/wntd/en/

Image Source: WHO Website

Seema Jain

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