May 31 is World No Tobacco Day
Clear the Air
Smoke knows no boundaries
World No Tobacco Day aims to draw global attention and raise awareness of harmful health effects of tobacco.
Letting Go of Tobacco
Do you want to go smoke-free? Then visit the FOH’s page on “What’s Your Reason to Quit” for helpful information on tobacco cessation.
A Worldwide Epidemic
According to the World Health Organization (WHO), smoking kills up to half of its users. In fact, over 6 million people worldwide are expected to die this year from tobacco-related health complications. It’s not just the smokers who suffer; exposure to secondhand smoke kills 600,000 people each year.
In the United States, 1 in 5 deaths are the result of tobacco use, and smokers die 13 to 14 years earlier, on average, than their non-smoking counterparts, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
Secondhand smoke is a known cancer-causing agent. That is why 27 states and the District of Columbia have passed comprehensive laws that prohibit smoking in almost all public places, workplaces, restaurants, and bars.
Tips to Help You Quit
- Set up a quit date.
- Get rid of your last cigarettes, and anything related to smoking—lighters, ashtrays, etc.
- Set up a support system. This could be taking a group class, going to Nicotine Anonymous, or having a friend or family member who has successfully quit who is willing to help you.
- Ask family and friends who smoke not to do so around you and to not leave cigarettes out where you can see them.
- Set up a support system. This could be a group class, Nicotine Anonymous, or a friend or family member who has successfully quit and is willing to help you.
- Don’t give up. The nicotine in tobacco is highly addictive, and it may take several attempts to quit smoking.