There is a lag of several years between when people start using tobacco and
when their health suffers and this is the major cause why it is difficult to
convince our youth about smoking hazards.
It is our prime duty to help those who wish to quit.
If you want to get rid of the nasty habit then take
The World Health Organization (WHO) has selected Tobacco Health Warnings as the theme for
the World No Tobacco Day (31 May 2009) .
Tobacco health warnings that contain both pictures and words are the most effective at convincing people to quit. Picture warnings convey a clear and immediate
message, even to illiterate rural people.
Such pictorial warnings appear in several countries increasing public awareness of the serious health risks of tobacco use and ensure that the packaging tells the truth
about the deadly product within.
People are unaware of the extent of the harm that tobacco may cause, even if they have some idea that it is a health risk, tobacco companies use packaging and
other advertising techniques to make tobacco appealing.
Tobacco use is one of the biggest public health threats the world has ever faced. It is also a social problem nonsmokers and children are bound to inhale the air
polluted by smoking thus suffering from passive smoking. Several times little children are seen to smoke when their are parents are outside and smoking material is
in their easy reach.
Youth are attracted towards smoking and chewing tobacco by seeing several others doing so and advertisements of tobacco companies; their friends also offer them
cigarette / bidi / gutakha / khaini / mainpuri etc. and thus they get accustomed to tobacco use in some form or other.Even girls are falling pray to this and in students
smoking is thought to be a sign of smartness and a symbol of heroism.
Globally, use of tobacco products is increasing.
Almost half of the world's children breathe air polluted by tobacco smoke.
The epidemic is shifting to the developing world.
More than 80% of the world's smokers live in low and middle-income countries.
Tobacco use kills 5.4 million people a year - an average of one person every
six seconds - and accounts for one in 10 adult deaths worldwide.
Tobacco kills up to half of all users.
It is a risk factor for six of the eight leading causes of deaths in the
100 million deaths were caused by tobacco in the 20th century. If current
trends continue, there will be up to one billion deaths in the 21st century.
Unchecked, tobacco-related deaths will increase to more than eight million a
year by 2030, and 80% of those deaths will occur in the developing world.
Smoking causes many types of cancer, which may not develop for years. But cancers account for only about half of the deaths related to smoking. Smoking is also a
major cause of heart disease, aneurysms, bronchitis, emphysema, and stroke, and it contributes to the severity of pneumonia and asthma. The truth is that cigarette
smokers die younger than nonsmokers. Smoking also causes many short-term effects, such as decreased lung function. Because of this, smokers often suffer
shortness of breath and nagging coughs, and they often will tire easily during physical activity. Some other common short-term effects: a diminished ability to smell
and taste, premature aging of the skin, and increased risk of sexual
impotence in men.