On World No Tobacco Day, Time to Stub Out for Good
It’s World No Tobacco Day later this month, on the last day of May, and people in Bournemouth and, indeed, right around the UK who smoke cigarettes are being urged to stub out for the day, and hopefully for life.
Even cigarette companies are giving up smoking, at least in the UK, and finally admitting to how incredibly harmful tobacco is to health. Philip Morris, one of the biggest tobacco firms, has announced that it’s aiming to stop selling cigarettes in Britain and will concentrate on vape gear and other products instead. It’s far from an altruistic move, however, as the Marlboro maker sees how its market for tobacco is drying up as more smokers turn to vape pods and other devices that don’t burn tobacco to give up and get healthier.
World No Tobacco Day is an initiative of the World Health Organisation that encourages smokers not to light up for at least a day, and to see if they can go longer without smoking after that. Tobacco, after all, is the single largest cause of preventative death right around the world, and, according to the global health body, it’s responsible for killing around 7 million people a year, close to 1 million of whom die from second-hand exposure to tobacco smoke. Giving up, as every smoker know, is no easy task, however.
Tobacco and Lung Health Focus
This year’s World No Tobacco Day is focused on the theme of tobacco and lung health and it will seek to boost awareness among the public in a number of areas. These include tobacco’s role in cancers and chronic respiratory diseases and, overall, how fundamental the lungs are for the general health and wellbeing of everyone. The campaign is calling on governments around the world to introduce effective policies to slash tobacco use and help to control cigarettes and get people off them.
“The most effective measure to improve lung health is to reduce tobacco use and second-hand smoke exposure,” says this year’s campaign. “But knowledge among large sections of the general public, and particularly among smokers, on the implications for the health of people’s lungs from tobacco smoking and second-hand smoke exposure is low in some countries. Despite strong evidence of the harms of tobacco on lung health, the potential of tobacco control for improving lung health remains underestimated.”
What Happens When You Stop Smoking?
The good news for smokers trying to quit is that the positive effects on the body from the moment you stop are almost immediate. Within just 20 minutes, for example, your blood pressure and heart rate will drop to normal levels, instead of being elevated and putting you at risk for various conditions, such as hypertension, heart attack and stroke. After half a day, the level of deadly carbon monoxide — the same toxic stuff that comes out of vehicle exhausts — in your blood will fall. At around two weeks, your circulation and lung function will increase, restoring the essential energy and vitality that tobacco robbed you of.
While going cold turkey is an uncomfortable experience for many smokers, and causes a large number to return to smoking, using vapes gives you the nicotine you want but none of the many other harmful and cancer-causing chemicals found in burning tobacco. Nicotine is not known to be especially harmful to health, even if it is addictive, and if you’re using vapes to stay off cigarettes, you can always lower the level of nicotine until you’re not using any and just enjoying the many fruity and other flavours in e-liquid.
Having a look at vape kits, either in your local vape shop or at an online vape store, and getting one for yourself is a good way to start, as it will have everything you need to get vaping in a flash. And hopefully by the time next year’s World No Tobacco Day rolls around, you’ll have been off cigarettes for a year. That’s something to get lit up about.
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