World No Tobacco Day is observed every year on 31st May to make world aware about the health risks associated with tobacco use and advocating for effective control measures to reduce tobacco consumption. The theme of this year is “Tobacco – a threat to development."
The ultimate goal of this day is to make people aware about the ill effects of tobacco and to encourage people to give up this bad habit.
The health hazards associated with tobacco are well known. Still, a lot of youngsters experiment with tobacco either out of peer pressure or just out of curiosity. Tobacco is consumed in many forms like cigarette, bidi, ghutka and hookah. Tobacco contains nicotine which is a highly addictive substance. Nicotine gives you a high for some time, but in the long run, it can affect your heart, lungs, stomach as well as your nervous system. Over a period, a person becomes physically and emotionally addicted to nicotine and eventually suffers from serious health problems.
Effects of Tobacco:
Followed by serious health problems like:
Even if you don't smoke, you may still come in contact with smokers. This is called passive smoking. Passive smoking can lead to many health problems as mentioned above. Thus, it is equally harmful as active smoking.
Tips to quit tobacco consumption:
It is very hard to give up tobacco; after all, the nicotine is a powerful addictive drug, but with the right approach, you can do it. You'll need lot of patience and will power to quit this habit. It won’t go in a day but will eventually go.
One should always have a positive approach towards quitting, think of all the after-effects and advantages if you quit tobacco consumption.
If you want to quit tobacco but are confused how to do it, join m-cessation programme of Ministry of health and family welfare (MoHFW).
Any tobacco user willing to quit tobacco can give a missed call on 011-22901701 for registration. You can also e-register yourself by filling your mobile number and e mail ID through http://www.nhp.gov.in/quit-tobacco. Thereafter, a two-way SMS process begins, wherein the registered user will be sent a welcome - QUITNOW SMS, immediately from the short-code allocated through National Informatics Centre viz.5616115. This will be followed by more SMSs, some of which will request you to reply back.
An exclusive email ID “firstname.lastname@example.org’ has been formulated for purposes of sending mailers for promotion of the project as well as to inform people at large regarding the ill effects of tobacco use at regular intervals.
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