Tobacco is a nicotine-containing natural addictive and stimulant obtained from the curing of tobacco leaves. Consumed in various forms since time immemorial, tobacco has been fundamentally linked to major diseases of the lungs, heart, liver and several forms of cancer. In 2008, the World Health Organization (WHO) named tobacco as the world’s single greatest preventable cause of death. Given the current statistics, close to 7 million people every year lose their lives to tobacco-induced diseases, out of which around 8,90,000 people die due to second-hand smoking. World No Tobacco Day, a major initiative by WHO launched in 1987, is observed every year on May 31 to advocate about the fatal consequences of tobacco by urging consumers to refrain from consuming tobacco for 24 hours, thereby helping them take the first small step towards quitting tobacco.
Smoking is a difficult addiction to get rid of, and suddenly quitting may lead to the incidence of withdrawal symptoms of anxiety, vomiting, depression, seizures and hallucinations. To avoid a psychological breakdown, the road to quitting smoking must be tread with small, strategic steps. Here’s a brief on how to help someone quit smoking –
• Reward and celebrate every little milestone achieved in pursuit of quitting smoking
• Talk to them through the process of abstaining
• Never mind the smoker’s mood swings and continue being helpful
• Keep the smoker occupied to negate their ‘smoke cravings’
Our wellness is a constituent of the choices we make. Start by giving up on the most lethal ones. Start by standing against tobacco.