Thu 31 May 2012
We have all heard the quote, “A cigarette is a roll of paper with a fire at one end and a fool at the other.” This quote goes on to convey the subtle message that smoking is suicide in the slowest form.
Tobacco, consumed in any form, has been known to corrode arteries, lungs, hearts and most importantly, lives. Statistically, each cigarette which is smoked reduces the life of the smoker by 11 minutes. Not scary enough? How about this? Tobacco claims a life every 8 seconds!
Here are some recent statistical figures in India:
1. Only 35% of the people in India do not consume tobacco in any form. The rest do.
2. 90% of oral cancer patients in India are tobacco chewers.
3. In 2010, there were more than 1 million deaths caused due to the consumption of tobacco.
4. One out of every ten people die due to tobacco related illnesses.
Tobacco consumption is a sign of weakness and dependence. It is a battle in which you are on the losing side and the only weapon you need to win this battle is your will power. Quitting tobacco use is difficult, but not impossible. It has been proven that taking up cardiovascular exercises reduce the urge to smoke. An hour of yoga is also known to revitalise your body and refresh your mind.
Healthy habits pave a path to a healthier life.
“World No Tobacco Day” is an initiative taken by the “World Health Organisation” to highlight the ill-effects of tobacco consumption. Protesting against tobacco, this movement encourages tobacco users to abstain from tobacco for a period of 24 hours. Over the years, a lot of people around the globe have strived to make “World No Tobacco Day” a big success.
Today, let us refrain from the use of tobacco in all forms. There is a start to everything and let us use this occasion as a first step to create a smoke free world for the generations after us. Say no to tobacco and embrace a life of health and happiness. Choose to live better. Choose to quit tobacco.