May: No Tobacco
Tobacco is highly addictive and can ultimately lead to countless health complications. Every year, May 31st marks World No Tobacco Day, a time to focus on the risks associated with tobacco use. This year, the World Health Organization is focusing on the illegal trade of tobacco products. The WHO wants to spread the word about not only how dangerous illegal tobacco products can be to your health, but explain how cheaper prices make them attractive to young people and low-income groups. No doubt kicking the habit is a challenge, but an important one. According to the WHO, six million people die because of tobacco use, many of them from second-hand smoke. Be sure to check out five ways to help quit smoking; if you can't use the tips yourself, share them with family or friends. Also, consider ten health effects of smoking.
5 Ways to Help Someone Quit Smoking
1. Provide a reward or like a small gift or congratulatory note when quit-smoking milestones are met.
2. Be available to talk or visit.
3. Recognize good changes like less shortness of breathe or longer smoke-free periods.
4. Ignore grouchy moods and continue to give support.
5. Offer distractions to help avoid triggers and decrease smoking cravings.
Ten Health Effects of Smoking
1. Stroke and coronary heart disease.
2. Lung diseases, including emphysema and chronic bronchitis.
3. Lung cancer and cancer almost anywhere in the body.
5. Higher risks for birth defects and health issues for baby.
6. Pregnancy risks, miscarriage and complications.
7. Weakened bones.
8. Damaged teeth and gums which can cause tooth loss.
9. Vision issues from increased risk of cataracts and macular degeneration (loss of central vision).
10. Increase risk for type 2 diabetes and rheumatoid arthritis.