The World Health Organization has sponsored World No Tobacco Day since 1987. While the number of people who smoke cigarettes and use tobacco is decreasing, cigarette smoking remains the leading cause of preventable disease and deaths.
For millions of people around the world, the process of quitting smoking is more than just a challenge. The process can become a never-ending and vicious cycle for those who try to stub the but for good but end up breaking their pledge shortly.
But now, smokers are facing an even bigger threat due to the outbreak of a deadly virus that affects the lungs more than anything.
COVID-19 has changed the world as we know it. Even after a year, the world is still grappling with a pandemic that claims thousands of lives every day. The coronavirus is a respiratory disease that affects the lungs. That’s precisely the reason why experts believe there’s never been a better time to quit smoking. This was said last year as well.
That’s why World No Tobacco Day is of significant importance this year.
Here are ten quick facts to remind you why you should stop smoking now, or never start to begin with.
Reasons not to smoke:
- Smoking is addictive. Nicotine is an extremely addictive substance, and the younger you are when you begin smoking, the more likely you are to become addicted.
- Smoking is the number one cause of lung cancer in the world. It’s responsible for two-thirds of lung cancer deaths.
- Almost all cases of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) are caused by smoking. COPD includes chronic bronchitis and emphysema.
- Smoking causes cancer, cardiovascular diseases, lung diseases, type 2 diabetes, COPD, and stroke.
- The average smoker dies 10 years earlier than non-smokers.
- There is no safe way to smoke.
- Smoking affects those around you; secondhand smoke is just as harmful as smoking. The difference is that those around smokers are not choosing to smoke. Children exposed to secondhand smoke are at an increased risk for lung disease, respiratory infections, and asthma.
- Smoking can kill you in the long run, but exposure to secondhand smoke also puts young children at risk for sudden infant death syndrome.
World No Tobacco Day 2021:
WHO selects a theme for World No Tobacco Day each year to raise awareness about a specific tobacco-related subject or create a more unified global message for the masses.
The theme goes on to become the central component of WHO’s tobacco-related agenda for the year. Based on the theme, brochures, fliers, posters, and websites are released to educate the masses.
This year, the theme is ‘Quit tobacco to be a winner’.
It’s never too late to stop smoking:
The sooner you quit smoking, the better. Those who stop smoking sooner experience greater health benefits and a better quality of life than those who continue to smoke cigarettes. However, there is no point in your life when giving up smoking ceases to be beneficial; it’s never too late to stop smoking.
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