Healthy Living

May 31 Is World No Tobacco Day!

If you smoke then YOU MUST read this

Estimated 800,000-900,000 tobacco-attributable deaths per year in India, experts say.According to Global Adult Tobacco Survey (GATS) – India 2010, tobacco use is a major preventable cause of death and disease and is responsible 1 in 10 death among adults worldwide. Approximately 5500000 /5.5 million people die around the world every year – with India accounting for nearly a fifth of this.

If you use tobacco, there are compelling reasons for you to quit. The rewards of quitting are tremendous, and they begin immediately. You’ll experience the benefits of not using tobacco within 20 minutes of quitting, and as your tobacco-free days accumulate, the benefits will accumulate, too. Quitting tobacco will improve your health, your finances, your self-esteem and your everyday life – immediately and over the long term – in ways you may never have imagined.

Quit for Your Health

Smoking is the leading cause of preventable death in India. Cigarette smoking and exposure to secondhand smoke cause an estimated average of 2500 deaths each day in India . It causes heart disease, stroke, lung diseases like chronic bronchitis and emphysema, osteoporosis, and cataracts.

Quit for Your Finances

Smoking is expensive. In fact, the amount of money you spend on smoking may surprise you.

Multiply how much money you spend on tobacco every day by 365 to see what you spend every year on smoking.

Now multiply that by the number of years you have been using tobacco.

Then, multiply the cost per year by 10 for the upcoming 10 years.  There are other financial benefits, too. You’ll pay less for health and life insurance. You’ll incur fewer costs due to tobacco-related problems, medical bills, and frequent trips to the doctor.

If you’re a one-pack-per-day smoker, you’ll probably save over $15,000 (Rs. 825000). Ask yourself what you would rather do with that much money!

Quit for Your Looks

The cosmetic benefits of quitting smoking can be a major motivator, especially when you consider the unpleasant short- and long-term effects smoking has on how you look.  

When you quit smoking:
– your breath will smell better
– stained teeth will get whiter
– your clothes and hair will smell better
– your fingers and fingernails will no longer look yellow
– you’ll have better oral health
– you’ll have a better chance for fewer skin wrinkles
– Chances Are, You’ll Look Younger

Quit for the People in Your Life

By quitting smoking, you are protecting those you love. Smoking not only harms your health, but it hurts the health of those around you: exposure to secondhand smoke increases the risk of lung cancer and heart disease in healthy nonsmokers.

If a mother smokes, there is a higher risk of her baby developing asthma in childhood, especially if she smoked while she was pregnant. Smoking is also linked to sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS) and low-birth-weight infants. Babies and children raised in a household where there is smoking have more ear infections, colds, bronchitis, and other lung and breathing problems than children from nonsmoking families. Secondhand smoke can also cause eye irritation, headaches, nausea, and dizziness.

Special Reasons to Quit

For those especially vulnerable to the health effects of smoking, the reasons to quit escalate.

Quitting decreases the chances of other drug use.

For those with diabetes, heart disease, COPD, asthma, or cardiovascular disease, quitting reduces hospital stays, limits complications, and helps the effectiveness of certain medications.

For pregnant women and new mothers, quitting protects your baby’s health.

For hospitalized patients, quitting promotes healing.

For heart attack patients, quitting reduces the risk of a second heart attack.

For lung, head and neck cancer patients, quitting reduces chances of a second cancer.

For parents, quitting protects children from illnesses caused by secondhand smoke and reduces the likelihood they will start smoking.

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