Friday, May 31, 2013

World No Tobacco Day - May 31st

World No Tobacco Day (WNTD) is observed around the world every year on May 31.The day is further intended to draw global attention to the widespread prevalence of tobacco use and to negative health effects, which currently lead to 5.4 million deaths worldwide annually. The member states of the World Health Organization (WHO) created World No Tobacco Day in 1987. In the past twenty years, the day has been met with both enthusiasm and resistance across the globe from governments, public health organizations, smokers, growers, and the tobacco industry.

1. You are what your surrounding is. Don’t be in the environment where tobacco is encouraged. Get away from those who have the habit and slowly you will start losing interest in tobacco.
2. Make smaller commitments. Don’t commit to quit tobacco forever. Start with few days. If you are successful, make it few months. If you can, you will probably get rid of it forever.
3. Have a mentor. Find someone who can counsel you whenever you have the urge to smoke or chewtobacco. The grace of a guru always helps :-)
4. Choose an alternative. Find something that can keep you engaged whenever you have the urge oftobacco. Maybe a cup of tea or some sweet or a phone call or some music or meditation… Caution: Don’t get in to another bad habit to quit tobacco. Find a replacement that will not harm your health!
5. Focus on the pain. When you think TOBACCO; think PAIN. Recall the damages tobacco can cause to your body. Read about CANCER. Read the stories of people who suffered. Watch videos, paste pictures, do all that it takes to keep reminding yourself about the PAIN! It is a basic nature of human beings to avoid pain and you are no different!

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