World No Tobacco Day is annually observed on May 31 and was started by the World Health Organization. It is a day people take a step to spread awareness on the danger of tobacco.
Although, many smokers have given reasons for the use of tobacco as it is said to help relief stress, help reduce worry, used for pleasure, or in social situations, help to do what a person normally wouldn’t do, amongst others.
However, if you want to quit smoking one of the first steps to quitting is to learn why you feel like using tobacco, then you can think about the reasons you want to quit.
Do you know that the World Health Organization (WHO) has reported tobacco as the cause of 8 million deaths every year? It also revealed that smokers are more likely to develop severe disease with COVID-19 compared to non-smokers.
This amongst others should trigger smokers to want to quit tobacco.
Quitting can be challenging, especially with the added social and economic stress that have come as a result of the pandemic, but there are a lot of reasons to quit.
The benefits of quitting tobacco are almost immediate as:
– Your heart rate drops to normal 20 minutes just after you quit smoking.
– Within 12 hours, the carbon monoxide level in your blood drops to normal.
– Within 2-12 weeks, your circulation improves and lung function increases.
– Within 1-9 months, coughing and shortness of breath decrease.
– Within 5-15 years, your stroke risk is reduced to that of a non-smoker.
– Within 10 years, your lung cancer death rate is about half that of a smoker.
– Within 15 years, your risk of heart disease is that of a non-smoker.
If that’s not enough here are a few more reasons to quit!
– Smoking threatens the health of your friends and family not just you.
– Smokers’ children suffer reduced lung function, which continues to affect them in the form of chronic respiratory disorders in adulthood.
– Smoking reduces your fertility.
– When you buy tobacco, you are financially supporting an industry that exploits farmers and children and pedals sickness and death.
Culled from WHO