World No Tobacco Day
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World No Tobacco Day

Tobacco use is considered to be one of the leading preventable causes of mortality in the world. According to the World Health Organisation (WHO), nearly eight million people in the world die each year of tobacco use. On May 31, the WHO observes World No Tobacco Day to spread awareness about the harmful effects of tobacco and to discourage people from using tobacco products. What smoking does to the body :- When smoking, chemicals are inhaled and that they circulate throughout our body, getting absorbed into our bloodstream and mutating along the way. This is dangerous and very unadvisable. Every organ, and not just our lungs, is suffering from smoking. The American Lung Association reveals that there are over 7,000 chemical toxins in cigarettes. You may not see or feel the harm being done to your body immediately but it's there. It’ll make its impact known gradually and when it finally does, a number of the damage caused could also be irreversible. When the requisite amount of tobacco isn't consumed, it can cause physical symptoms like sweating, heart palpitations, headaches and nausea. But that’s not all, there are psychological symptoms also , like irritation, mood swings and anger.

FIVE COMMON MYTHS ON SMOKING :-

1. Nicotine is the only harmful component in cigarette tobacco.

2. Smoking relieves stress.

3. Smoking a mild/light cigarette is less harmful.

4. A few cigarettes a day is not that harmful.

5. Quitting after years of smoking is useless.

 

Apart from addiction, another major factor that keeps smokers from kicking the butt is the misinformation regarding tobacco and smoking. A study published in the American Journal of Public Health in 2005 revealed that such myths encourage people to begin or continue smoking, deter them from quitting the habit, and are so popular that even some physicians and policymakers invest them.

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