World Health No Tobacco Day - 31st May
Initially passed in 1988 with the objective of urging tobacco users worldwide to abstain from using tobacco products for 24 hours, World No Tobacco Day (WNTD) is one of eight official global public health campaigns marked by the World Health Organization (WHO).
Every year, on 31 May, WHO and partners mark World No Tobacco Day, one of eight official global public health campaigns marked by the World Health Organization (WHO), highlighting the health risks associated with tobacco use and advocating for effective policies to reduce tobacco consumption. Tobacco kills nearly 6 million people each year, of which more than 600 000 are non-smokers dying from breathing second-hand smoke. Tobacco is the second major cause of death in the world. It is currently responsible for the death of one in ten adults' worldwide. Half the people that smoke today - that is about 650 million people - will eventually be killed by tobacco.
Tobacco can be consumed in various forms such as a cigar or cigarette, or in a smoking pipe, or in a water pipe or a hookah. Another form of the tobacco is the smokeless tobacco it is chewed, "dipped" (placed between the cheek and gum), and consumed as finely powdered snuff tobacco, which is sniffed into the nose.
The smoke from a cigarette contains more than 4000 chemicals, which could have various toxic, mutagenic and carcinogenic effects. The main reason why tobacco becomes addictive is due to the content of Nicotine, which alters brain functioning. Most smokers continue to smoke in order to avoid the pain of withdrawal symptoms Addiction to tobacco (nicotine) is not immediate. It may take weeks or months to develop. For those who smoke more than 15 cigarettes per day, there remains a high level of Nicotine in the blood, which makes quitting difficult. Stopping can produce unpleasant withdrawal symptoms including depression, insomnia, irritability, difficulty concentrating, restlessness, anxiety, decreased heart rate, increased appetite, weight gain, and craving for nicotine. Symptoms peak from 24 to 48 hours after stopping and can last from three days up to four weeks, although the craving for a cigarette can last for months.
If you use tobacco, show your support for World No Tobacco Day on the 31st by abstaining from smoking or using tobacco products. Visit your RingPharm Pharmacy for expert advice and a variety of products that will aid smokers to kick the habit for good.
World Health Organisation: http://www.who.int/tobacco/en/