On May 31, the World Health Organization (WHO) observes World No Tobacco Day. Their mission is to raise awareness about the dangers of tobacco use and how we can achieve a tobacco-free world. Every year, approximately 6 million people die as a result of tobacco-related illnesses. This figure is expected to rise to more than 8 million by 2030. However, this is not a guarantee. The Sustainable Development Agenda aims to cut noninfectious disease deaths by one-third. Tobacco-related diseases are on the list, so if we meet the target, 2030 will be a year to celebrate (oh yeah!)—not only for our health, but also for the size of our wallets. The average smoker spends around $4,000 per year on cigarettes. Imagine all of the other cool holidays you could enjoy with that money (we have a few suggestions, just saying). So let’s use World No Tobacco Day as a launching pad to a brighter and less Smokey future!
World No Tobacco Day
When is world no tobacco day in 2022?
Every year on May 31, the World Health Organization (WHO) hosts World No Tobacco Day.
History of World No Tobacco Day
World No Tobacco Day is an annual World Health Organization initiative that takes place on May 31. The campaign’s goal is to raise awareness about the dangers of tobacco and its negative impact on health, as well as the exploitation of the nicotine industry, which is geared specifically toward youth. It also intends to reduce the diseases and deaths caused by tobacco use. The theme for World No Tobacco Day 2021 is “Commit to Quit.” World No Tobacco Day was established in 1987 by World Health Organization member countries in response to the global tobacco crisis and the diseases and deaths caused by the epidemic. In 1987, the World Health Assembly passed Resolution WHA40.38 designating April 7 as “World No-Smoking Day.” Following that, in 1988, Resolution WHA42.19 was passed, designating May 31 as World No Tobacco Day.
According to the World Health Organization, tobacco use causes 8 million deaths each year. Tobacco use is the leading cause of respiratory disorders such as COPD, tuberculosis, and other lung diseases. The WHO prohibited tobacco advertising and promotion in 2008. China, as the world’s most populous country, leads the cigarette industry. In 2014, China produced and consumed more than 30 percent of the world’s total cigarettes.
How to observe World No Tobacco Day?
- Count the number of cigarettes you smoke. Who can blame you if you aren’t ready to give up? It’s difficult. However, you can start laying the groundwork for your exit by keeping track of how many cigarettes you smoke per day. You’ll begin to consider your health and the amount of money you spend on tobacco. When you’re ready to take the plunge, there are a plethora of self-help books available to help you navigate the early rocky stages. You’ve got this!
- Educate the next generation. The best way to quit smoking, as they say, is to never start. So try to persuade the young people around you to avoid the habit entirely. There may be a march or public demonstrations in your area, depending on where you live. Perhaps you could create a cool poster to help promote them. Hold a contest to see who can make the best anti-smoking poster. Teenagers can be mischievous, so define what “appropriate” before they surprise you with the big reveals.
- Advocate for sticker laws. Cigarette warning labels discourage people from smoking. Petition in support of these laws so that the trend continues. Plain packaging laws could also benefit from additional support. These laws restrict the logos and colors of tobacco products, making them more difficult to sell. You know how they say you shouldn’t judge a book by its cover? People do, after all, judge a product by its packaging. If label looks drab, we’re less likely to pay it any mind, and that’s totally not shallow. It’s not like tobacco has a good personality on the inside.
Terrifying facts about smoking
- Tobacco contains a lot of chemicals. Tobacco smoke contains over 7,000 chemicals.
- Some chemicals have the potential to cause cancer. 69 of these carcinogenic chemicals have been identified.
- A single cigarette contains over 4,800 chemicals, 69 of which are carcinogenic. Secondhand smoke contains over 7,000 chemicals, including 70 known carcinogens.
- 1 That is a million more deaths than are caused by HIV, tuberculosis, and malaria combined each year.
- Smoking reduces your life expectancy by 13 years on average. If you have HIV, that number rises to 16 years.
- Smoking bans are not widely enforced. Only 20% of the world’s population is protected by smoking laws, with the majority living in high-income countries.
- Future generations will be affected as well. According to statistics, 5.6 million children in the United States will die as a result of a smoking-related disease.
- Tobacco use can literally kill you. Five cigarettes contain enough nicotine to kill an average adult if consumed whole.
- Tobacco kills over 8 million people each year, which equates to one smoking-related death every five seconds.
Side effects of smoking
Tobacco is harmful to your health regardless of how you smoke it. Tobacco products contain no safe substances, from acetone and tar to nicotine and carbon monoxide. The substances you inhale have an impact on more than just your lungs. They have the potential to affect your entire body. Tobacco use can cause a number of ongoing complications in the body, as well as long-term effects on your body systems. While smoking increases your risk of a variety of problems over time, some of the physical consequences are immediate. Tobacco smoke is extremely hazardous to your health. There is no such thing as a safe way to smoke. Using a cigar, pipe, or hookah instead of a cigarette will not help you avoid the health risks. Cigarettes have approximately 600 ingredients, many of which are also found in cigars and hookahs. According to the American Lung Association, when these ingredients burn, they produce over 7,000 chemicals. Many of these chemicals are toxic, and at least 69 have been linked to cancer.
When you smoke, dangerous chemicals enter your lungs and travel throughout your body. Within 10 seconds of your first puff, the chemicals reach your brain, heart, and other organs, causing harm to every part of your body.
How tobacco affects body?
Tobacco smoke contains chemicals that can harm your body in a variety of ways. As an example:
- Nicotine causes veins and arteries to constrict. This can harm your heart by making it work harder and faster, slowing your blood and reducing oxygen to your feet and hands.
- Carbon monoxide deprives your heart of the oxygen it requires to circulate blood throughout your body. Your airways swell over time, allowing less air into your lungs.
Importance of World No Tobacco Day
It demonstrates how the tobacco industry exacerbates poverty. Around 80% of tobacco-related deaths occur in low and middle-income countries. In other words, the poorest people are the ones who suffer the most. Tobacco addiction consumes funds that could be used for education, food, or health care. This reduces productivity and raises the cost of health care over time. That’s not a good picture for anyone’s income, and it’s a sure way to keep the less fortunate poor.
It cautions us about the dangers of secondhand smoke. Every year, secondhand smoke kills over 600,000 people. Unfortunately, approximately 28% of the victims are children. But, given that nearly half of all children breathe smoky air in public places, we’re lucky that the figure isn’t higher. Many cities and states have already banned smoking in public places, but it will take more effort to get everyone on board. We promise that this is one time when you can jump on the bandwagon without losing any cool points. Lastly, it shows how the tobacco industry harms the environment. Tobacco cultivation necessitates the use of numerous pesticides and fertilizers. Some of these toxic elements can contaminate water supplies, but the harm does not stop there. More than 2 million tons of waste are generated during the manufacturing process, which consumes 4.3 million hectares of land. It is estimated that this accounts for between 2% and 4% of global deforestation. If you enjoy breathing fresh air (as we do), it’s worth saving as many of our forests as possible. Fewer tobacco farms could be beneficial.
How to quit smoking?
Tobacco cravings or smoking urges can be intense for the majority of tobacco users. You can, however, resist these cravings. When you have a strong desire to use tobacco, remember that whether you smoke a cigarette or take a dip of chewing tobacco, the desire will likely pass within 5 to 10 minutes. Every time you resist a tobacco craving, you get one step closer to quitting smoking for good. Here are some strategies to help you resist the urge to smoke or use tobacco when it strikes.
- You can’t have ‘just one.’ To satisfy a tobacco craving, you may be tempted to smoke just one cigarette. But don’t kid yourself into believing you can stop there. Having just one frequently leads to having two. And you might end up smoking again.
- Physical activity can help you avoid tobacco cravings. Even short bursts of activity, such as running up and down the stairs several times, can alleviate a tobacco craving. Take a walk or jog outside.
- Consider nicotine replacement therapy. Inquire with your doctor about nicotine replacement therapy. Among these options: Prescription nicotine inhaler or nasal spray, Nicotine patches, gum, and lozenges can be purchased without a prescription and Prescription non-nicotine smoking cessation medications such as bupropion (Aplenzin, Contrave, and others) and varenicline (Chantix, Tyrvaya).
- Avoid potential triggers. Tobacco cravings are most likely to be strongest in places where you smoked or chewed tobacco the most, such as at parties or bars, or when you were stressed or sipping coffee. Determine your triggers and devise a strategy to avoid or overcome them without using tobacco. Don’t put yourself in a position to relapse. If you used to smoke while talking on the phone, for example, keep a pen and paper nearby to keep you occupied with doodling rather than smoking.
- Remind yourself of the advantages. Write down or say aloud your reasons for quitting smoking and resisting tobacco cravings. Among these reasons could be: I’m feeling better now, Getting Fitter, Protecting your family from secondhand smoke and spending less money.
- If you are about to succumb to your tobacco craving, tell yourself that you must first wait 10 minutes. Then do something to divert your attention during that time. Try going to a public no-smoking area. These simple techniques may be enough to help you overcome your tobacco addiction.
- To resist a tobacco craving, give your mouth something to do. Chew sugar-free gum or hard candy. Alternatively, snack on raw carrots, nuts, or sunflower seeds for something crunchy and tasty.
- Remember that doing something to combat the desire to use tobacco is always preferable to doing nothing. And every time you resist a tobacco craving, you get one step closer to quitting smoking.
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