Every year, on 31 May, WHO and partners mark World No Tobacco Day (WNTD), highlighting the health and other risks associated with tobacco use. It is intended to encourage a 24-hour period of abstinence from all forms of tobacco consumption around the globe. The day advocate for effective policies to reduce tobacco consumption.
It is horrifying that every minute, smokers get through nearly 11 million cigarettes and 10 die from the habit, in an industry that generates billions of dollars.
The main reasons why people start smoking are:
- Peer pressure
- To be social
- As a status symbol
- To handle stress or awkward situations
- Media influences
- Smoking results in various health disorders, such as:
- Effect on the respiratory system, including lungs and trachea
- Increased blood pressure and heart beat
- Weakened immune system
- Lower sperm count and other reproductive disorders, especially in men
- Reduced fertility in women
- Irregular menstrual cycle
- Cervix cancer
- Earlier menopause
- Smoking also affect non-smokers (passive smoking)
How many people smoke?
There are around one billion smokers in the world, about a seventh of the global population, according to World Health Organization (WHO) and other estimates.
China has the highest number: From its population of 1.3 billion, about 315 million are smokers and they consume more than a third of the world’s cigarettes, the WHO said in a report last year. Indonesia has the highest proportion of smokers at 76% of men aged over 15 years.
About 80% of the world’s smokers live in low- and middle-income countries and 226 million of them are considered poor.
A high human cost
Smoking is more than just a bad habit. It’s an addiction and, it’s very bad for your overall health.Tobacco is the leading cause of preventable death, experts say. Active or passive smoking kills more than seven million people every year, according to the WHO, with tobacco consumption blamed for the death of on average one person every six seconds.
Cancers, heart attacks, strokes and lung disease are the main diseases associated with tobacco. Over the 20th century tobacco claimed 100 million lives – more than the 60-80 million deaths during World War II and the 18 million in World War I combined.
At current rates tobacco could account for up to a billion deaths in the 21st century, the WHO says. Smoking uses up almost 6% of world spending on healthcare as well as nearly 2% of global GDP, according to a January 2017 study in the scientific journal Tobacco Control. This amounted to $1.436 billion globally in 2012, 40% borne by developing countries, it says.
This World No tobacco day, try using these Natural tips & Ayurvedic home remedies as a step forward to healthy life.
It helps in reducing cravings and further helps the body to deal with physical and emotional stress while experiencing withdrawal symptoms like mood swings, irritability etc. Ginseng is known to have the ability to control the pleasure neurotransmitter dopamine from being released when you have a cigarette.
It is an excellent remedy in handling the cessation process of smoking. Honey contains beneficial vitamins, enzymes and proteins, which help in giving up the habit of smoking with ease. Try using organic honey for less artificial flavours and better results.
Tobacco addiction can often be linked to an oral fixation, and the lack of something to chew on or put in your mouth may make relapse into smoking much easier. Keeping chewing gum (or nicotine gum) in your pocket and having a stick whenever the craving for a cigarette arises can help you fight the temptation.
Harad or Harar
(Terminalia Chebula) are of two types, one is big sized and brown in colour and the other is small sized and black in colour. Use the black harad and soak it in water for a few hours and keep it in your mouth for a few minutes. This will help reduce the urge to smoke.
Drinking plenty of water is the ultimate remedy to treat the habit of smoking. Water will help in detoxifying the body. Whenever you feel the urge to smoke, drink a glass of water. This will not only decrease the craving but will also reduce the withdrawal symptoms.
This is another reliable home remedy to quit smoking. Grate a radish and take out its juice. Mix some honey in it, and drink it at least 2 times a day.
One of the most opted natural remedies to refrain oneself from smoking is chewing a licorice stick whenever you feel the urge to smoke. This is a good substitute of a cigarette.
Try Herbal cigarettes
Herbal cigarettes are cigarettes that usually do not contain any tobacco. They are composed of a mixture of various herbs and/or other plant material. They have 0% nicotine in them. These are made with herbs, like mint, cinnamon, vanilla, licorice, lemongrass, cornsilk, or clover.
Note: Do not take ginseng if you suffer from heart problems, diabetes, an auto-immune disease, schizophrenia or a hormone-sensitive condition.
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