World Tobacco Day
31st May 2021
This year’s World Health Organization theme for WORLD NO TOBACCO DAY is “Commit to Quit”. This campaign aims to support 100 million people worldwide in their attempt to give up tobacco. Quitting tobacco is challenging, especially with the added social and economic stresses brought about by the pandemic.
There are immediate and long term benefits to quitting tobacco, that you may experience. After just 20 minutes of quitting smoking, the heart rate drops. Within 12 hours, the carbon monoxide level in the blood drops to normal. Within 2-12 weeks, the circulation improves and lung function increases. Within 1-9 months, coughing and shortness of breath decrease. Within 5-15 years, the stroke risk is reduced to that of a non-smoker. Within 10 years, the lung cancer death rate is about half that of a smoker. Within 15 years, the risk of heart disease is that of a non-smoker.
So what are you waiting for? See your GP for help; sometimes it’s good to be a quitter.