10 Reasons Why You Should Stop Smoking NOW!
- Updated on 31 May 2022
- Days and Festival
- Mautushi Paul
- 4 mins read
Did you know that the 31st of May is celebrated as the anti-tobacco day worldwide? This year, let’s spread awareness about the harmful effects of tobacco and take some important steps toward quitting smoking on this anti-tobacco day! Tobacco can cause health problems like cancer, heart disease and lung diseases, so it’s important to be aware of the risks and plan to quit smoking. Join us in celebrating the anti-tobacco day, and let’s work together to create a tobacco-free world!
10 Reasons Why Tobacco Is Harmful to You!
1. Tobacco Can Cause Cancer
Smoking tobacco is one of the leading causes of cancer. Tobacco use increases your risk of developing lung cancer, throat, mouth, pancreas, bladder and kidney. Even if you don’t smoke, exposure to secondhand smoke can also increase your cancer risk. Let us take the first step towards quitting on this anti-tobacco day!
2. Tobacco Can Damage Your Oral Health
Smoking tobacco can cause gum disease and tooth decay. It can also lead to bad breath and stained teeth.
3. Tobacco Can Affect Your Heart Health
Smoking tobacco increases your risk of developing heart disease, including heart attacks and strokes.
4. Tobacco Can Damage Your Respiratory Health
Smoking tobacco can damage your lungs and airways, causing coughing, wheezing and shortness of breath. It can also lead to bronchitis and emphysema.
5. Tobacco Can Affect Your Fertility
Smoking tobacco can damage your reproductive organs and affect your fertility. Let’s work towards quitting on this anti-tobacco day.
6. Tobacco Can Damage Your Lungs
Smokers are more likely to develop lung diseases such as emphysema, bronchitis, and lung cancer.
7. Tobacco Use Can Lead to an Early Death
Smoking tobacco is the leading cause of preventable death in Canada. It is responsible for more than 37,000 deaths each year. Quitting smoking is the best way to reduce your risk of health problems from tobacco use. If you smoke, talk to your doctor about ways to quit. Many resources are available to help you quit, including support groups, medication, and counselling. If you smoke, talk to your doctor about ways to stop.
8. Second-Hand Smoke is Also Equally Harmful, If Not More
Second-hand smoke comes from the burning end of a cigarette, pipe, or cigar. It is also the smoke exhaled by a smoker. Second-hand smoke contains more than 4,000 chemicals, including over 50 known to cause cancer. Breathing in second-hand smoke can cause lung cancer, heart disease, and other health problems.
9. It Is Not Good for the Mental Health of People Around You
Smoking tobacco has been linked to mental health problems such as depression, anxiety, and stress. These problems can also make it harder to quit smoking.
10. It Is Not Worth the Money
Cigarettes are expensive, and the cost of smoking adds up over time. Quitting smoking will save you money and improve your overall health. The health risks of smoking are well-known, but that doesn’t make it easier to quit. There are resources available to help you.
Six Effective Ways of Quitting Smoking!
1. Set a Date to Quit
When it comes to quitting smoking, setting a quit date is crucial. This gives you something to work towards and will help you stay on track. Choose a date that is not too far in the future, as this can be daunting and not too close, as this may not give you enough time to prepare.
2. Get Rid of All Tobacco Products
Once you have set your quit date, it’s time to remove all tobacco products in your home. This includes cigarettes, cigars, pipes, and any other type of smoking device. Getting rid of these items will help reduce temptation and make it easier to stick to your quit date.
3. Tell Your Friends and Family About Your Decision
Telling your friends and family about your decision to quit smoking is a great way to stay accountable. They can provide support and encouragement throughout the process. Additionally, let them know about any triggers that may make you want to smoke so they can avoid them.
4. Make a Plan
Making a plan is critical to successfully quitting smoking. First, choose a quit date that is realistic. Start making changes in your daily routine in the weeks leading up to your quit date. For example, if you typically smoke after meals, find something else to do, like chewing gum or going for a walk.
5. Change Your Environment
If you typically smoke at home, try to stay away from areas you usually smoke. If you smoke in your car, clean it out and remove anything that smells like smoke. You may also avoid places where other people are smoking.
6. Avoid Alcohol and Other Triggers
For many people, alcohol is a trigger for smoking. If you typically drink when you smoke, try to avoid alcohol in the weeks leading up to your quit date. Other triggers can include things like coffee, tea, or certain foods. Pay attention to what makes you want to smoke and try to avoid those things.
In honour of Anti-Tobacco day, we would love to remind our readers of the importance of being an advocate for a healthy lifestyle and helping to spread awareness. Tobacco kills more people than any other preventable cause of death, making it one of the biggest public health challenges facing us today. It’s up to all of us to work together to put an end to this epidemic, and parents have a significant role in setting an excellent example for their children. So please join us in raising awareness about the dangers of tobacco use and the importance of living a healthy life by sharing this post with your friends and family. And if you’re looking for ways to get involved in your community on the anti-tobacco day, be sure to check this blog post!
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