World NO Smoking Day

The World Health Organization initiates the World No Smoking Day every 31st of May. This awareness highlights the health risks of smoking that kills more than 7 million people around the world every year. Smoking causes many types of cancer, as well as heart and lung disease, stoke and other health problems.

This also serves as a call to action in advocating for effective policies to reduce consumption.

World Health Organization (WHO) encourages governments worldwide to protect people from the harms of smoking

  • The creation of smoke-free public places, workplaces, and public transportation
  • Help for people who choose to quit tobacco, such as toll-free quit lines
  • Implementation of plain packaging and/or prominent and graphic health warnings on tobacco packaging
  • Launching effective anti-tobacco mass media campaigns that educate the public about the harms of tobacco use and secondhand smoke exposure
  • Enforcement of comprehensive bans on tobacco advertising, promotion, and sponsorship
  • Increased taxes on tobacco products to make them less affordable

Smoking has many negative effects on a person’s health and well-being and can lead to serious illness and death. Other risk factors are:

  • Increased risk of gum disease and tooth loss.
  • Wounds taking longer to heal
  • Decreased immune system function
  • Increased risk of type 2 diabetes
  • Decreased sense of smell and taste
  • Premature aging of the skin
  • Bad breath and stained teeth
  • Increased risk for eye problems
  • Lower bone density (thinner bones), which means a higher risk for broken bones
  • Higher risk of developing rheumatoid arthritis
  • Increased risk of vision problems
  • Increased risk of peptic ulcer

 

If a person decides to quit smoking, the body can regain the vitality of a non-smoker and start to naturally heal.

Life expectancy of smokers is at least 10 years shorter than those who do not smoke. If you want to grow old and live a heatlhy life with your loved ones, it is never too late to stop smoking.

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