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.
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.