Every year on May 31, World No Tobacco Day is celebrated. It was established by the Member States of the World Health Organization (WHO) in 1987 to call global attention to the tobacco pandemic and the needless death and disease it causes.
“Commit to Quit” is the theme for World No Tobacco Day 2021. The WHO hopes to promote nicotine cessation by supporting strong tobacco cessation regulations, expanding access to cessation services, raising knowledge about tobacco industry practices, and assisting people who wish to quit smoking through Quit and Win efforts.
Every year, tobacco kills 8 million people. When information was presented this year suggesting smokers were more likely than non-smokers to get serious disease from COVID-19, it prompted millions of smokers to give up the habit. Quitting can be difficult, especially with the increased social and economic hardship brought on by the pandemic.
There are over a hundred reasons to give up tobacco, but today we’ll focus on ten of them, as well as the benefits of doing so.
- Smokers are more likely to acquire a severe case of COVID-19 and die from it.
- Tobacco has an almost immediate effect on your appearance. Teeth turn yellow, breath stinks, and your skin wrinkles as a result of everything from your skin to your entire house, clothes, and breath.
- Smoking causes the skin to age quickly by eroding away the proteins that give it suppleness, depriving it of vitamin A, and restricting blood flow.
- Smoking has been shown to impair fertility. Quitting smoking reduces the difficulty of becoming pregnant, early births, low-birth-weight babies, and miscarriage. Erectile dysfunction can be caused by smoking.
- Smoking reduces blood flow to the penis, making it difficult to obtain an erection. Men’s sperm count, motility, and shape are all affected by smoking.
- Tobacco in any form, including shisha, is harmful. Tobacco usage can lead to mouth cancer, tooth loss, brown teeth, white patches, and gum disease, among other things.
- Occasional smoking, or secondhand smoke exposure all increase the risk of heart disease.
- Oral cancer, malignancies of the lips, throat (pharynx and larynx), and oesophagus, acute myeloid leukaemia; cancer of the nasal and paranasal sinus cavities; colorectal, kidney, liver, pancreas, stomach, or ovarian cancer; and cancer of the lower urinary tract are all caused by tobacco smoking (including the bladder, ureter and renal pelvis).
- Adults with asthma are more likely to smoke, which limits their activities, contributes to impairment, and increases the likelihood of severe asthma attacks requiring emergency treatment.
- Tobacco use more than doubles the likelihood of tuberculosis becoming active from a latent stage, and it is also believed to hasten the disease’s natural development. Latent TB affects about a quarter of the world’s population.