Let’s join hands to make this world smoking free
- May 31, 2017
- Posted by: Rayat Bahra
- Category: Uncategorized
Clyde Lofton Hunter III says,” If you want to quit smoking, just learn to love yourself.” That’s how easy it is to quit smoking. After all, who does not love him or herself? Isn’t it so?
Then why are we still battling this evil problem in the society? Why is it that every millions of people die as a consequence of smoking? The problem is more serious than we think it is. This is the reason that the World Health Organization declared may 31 as the No Tobacco Day, in order to raise awareness amongst people about the ill-effects that smoking causes.
Smoking kills the person who smokes
It is not hidden from anybody that smoking causes a large number of health problems. From serious heart diseases to life-threatening diseases like cancer – a person who smokes is prone to all these. Smoking puts an impact on your respiratory system, which includes lungs, and trachea. The tar that gets deposited inside these organs as a result of smoking makes the person prone to breathing problems such as asthma, respiratory troubles and more. But this is just the tip of the iceberg.
Here are some statistics that will help you understand how devastating smoking is for the health of a person –
- Smoking is the cause of lung cancer in 90% of all the reported cases.
- 8 out 10 patients who report Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) because of smoking die as science has not found out any cure for the disease as of now.
- Women who smoke are a 40% high risk of suffering from COPD, as compared to women who don’t smoke.
- A smoker is at a much higher risk of dying because of tuberculosis a person who does not.
It also kills the family
When someone talks about smoking people think of the damage is caused to the person, but that’s not all. The major damage that smoking causes is not only on the physical health of the person, but on his/her family as well. The person who usually smokes is prone to health problems, as a result of which his social and family life is devastated. After all, how can you expect a person to be able to take care of his/her family when they are not able to take care of themselves?
Celebrating No Tobacco Day
Celebrating here does not simply mean to fill the balloons and pop up a bottle of champagne. Celebrating here means to raise awareness among people about this evil that is killing the society. The worst thing is that passive smoking causes more damage amongst people than active smoking. This is the reason that it becomes more important to raise awareness about the ill-effects of smoking amongst people from all races of life.
What WHO is doing?
In order to raise awareness about the ill effects of smoking, WHO runs a campaign every year, in which:
- It spreads awareness about the threats of tobacco on the society, and development of countries.
- The socio-economic damage that are caused due to smoking on the well-being of citizens.
- And, the steps that governments need to take to improve the level of public health and development to fight global tobacco crisis.
But this cannot be achieved only with the efforts of the WHO alone. We all need to step up, and take a pledge to fight the battle and make people aware of how serious the problem is.
So, are you ready to root this evil out of our society?