World No Tobacco Day is being observed today to inform the public about the dangers of smoking. This day aims to spread awareness about the harmful effects of tobacco on health.
According to the WHO, 8 million people die as a result of tobacco use every year. It is the main culprit behind lung diseases and other respiratory disorders including tuberculosis, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), etc.
Tobacco Consumption in Pakistan
According to the Tobacco control cell, Tobacco consumption leads to oral and lung cancers. In Pakistan, tobacco use is a cause of death of around 160,100 persons every year. Almost 23.9 million adults currently use tobacco in any form in the country.
The World Health Organisation passed a declaration in 1987 that announced April 7th, 1988 as ‘World No Smoking Day’. This was done to drive people to prevent using tobacco for at least 24 hours. The purpose behind this was to help those who are fighting to quit the use of tobacco. Later in the year 1988, this international organization passed another resolution that observed May 31st as the ‘World No Tobacco day.’ In fact, in 2008, the WHO banned any kind of advertisement or promotion about tobacco, thinking that probably the ads attract youth to indulge in smoking.
Best time to quit smoking
It is the best time to quit smoking for all those who are willing to leave this life taking habit. With the lockdown limitations in place, if one can handle three to four weeks without smoking, then why not forever?
So if you wish to get rid of this habit, then today is the best time to quit smoking as most people are now worried about immunity, respiratory issues, and willing to adopt healthy practices.