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World No Smoking Day: Quit smoking to breathe a healthier life

  • Posted on- Mar 08, 2017
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World No Smoking Day is observed on the 2nd Wednesday of March every year. The main motive behind observing World No smoking day is to make people aware of all the problems and health complications associated with smoking. In 2017, World No Smoking Day will be observed on 8th March. About 30% women and 50% men are addictive smokers in India. Campaigns are recreated every year to motivate smokers to quit smoking. World No Smoking Day aims to draw public attention globally to make people aware about the hazardous effects of smoking. Despite a blanket ban on promotion, advertisement, and sponsorship of smoking products, the trend of smoking cigarette is popular among the youth. The day plays a major role in encouraging public and the government to take effective measures to stop smoking habit in people.

How World No Smoking Day is celebrated

World No Smoking Day is celebrated on an annual basis by various governmental and non-governmental organisations to make people aware of all the health conditions caused by smoking. Some activities performed on World No Smoking Day include:

  • Public campaigns
  • Banner presentations
  • Advertising campaigns
  • Educational programmes
  • Demonstration programmes
  • Public marches
  • Public debates
  • Health camps
  • Rallies and parades

Side effects of Smoking

Cardiovascular diseases- Nicotine in cigarettes leads to the accumulation of fluids in the arteries which increases the risk of atherosclerosis. The toxic chemicals such as carbon monoxide, hydrogen cyanide, and formaldehyde increase the risk of a heart attack.

Diabetes- Excessive cigarette smoking increases blood sugar levels in the body and cause other serious complications related to diabetes.

Pulmonary problems- Smoking makes the body vulnerable to chronic diseases such as asthma, bronchitis, pneumonia, and lung cancer.

Psychological problems- Smoking has adverse effects on the mind and can result in psychological problems such as depression, anorexia, and anxiety attacks.

Tips to Quit Smoking

  • Throw away all your lighters and ashtrays eliminate all those things that urge you to smoke.
  • Try adopting a healthy habit of exercising daily. Exercises such as running and cycling increases the flow of blood in the body and speed up the body’s self repair process.
  • Drinking plenty of water daily flushes out the harmful toxins from the body. Regular intake of fluids expels the excessive mucus from the lungs and makes breathing process easier.
  • Engage yourself in meditation or some relaxation exercises. Meditation helps a person in handling psychological stress and relaxes the mind by improving the breathing process.
  • Pick a new and interesting hobby to rid off your smoking habit. Take your mind off smoking and indulge in painting, creative writing, or pottery.

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09-11-2017 04:28 PM

Smoking is injurious to health. It should be stopped. As smoking will further result in Cardiovascular diseases.

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28-06-2017 03:59 PM

On this day, people are motivated to quit smoking and negative effects of smoking are described.

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