World No Tobacco Day - 31st May
Tobacco harms smokers, non-smokers and the society
The most basic fact about tobacco use still has the power to shock:
One in every two regular smokers die as a result of tobacco. For others, the quality of life is highly compromised.
The Tobacco Industry, in its various shapes and forms, is directly responsible for 1.6 million deaths per year.
The consequences of tobacco go beyond only that of the smoker. Exposure to tobacco can kill non-smokers, as well as harm pregnant women and their babies.
The momentum is growing, and more and more governments are taking strong measures to fight tobacco – including through taxation and pricing, advertising, packaging, warnings, smoking in public places and supporting people who want to kick the habit.
Smoking remains a major contributory factor to the gap in mortality and healthy life expectancy between the most and least advantaged. Currently, 5.4 million people die each year from the global tobacco epidemic. The death toll is rising relentlessly and in two decades will reach over 8 million a year. Unless serious action is taken, it is estimated that up to 1 billion people could die from tobacco use during the 21st century.
Smoking takes its toll on your looks
Smoking harms nearly every organ of the body. It causes many diseases and reduces quality of life and life expectancy. The younger a person quits, the greater the benefit but stopping smoking is beneficial at any age. Many smokers think that smoking helps relieve stress but in fact ex-smokers are more likely to have better mental health and be happier.
Click on the Ash website http://www.ash.org.uk/stopping-smoking/quitting-smoking for further information and advice.
Click on http://www.quit.org.uk/contact. QUIT is the UK charity that helps smokers to stop and young people to never start.
HELP WITH QUITTING
In Rhondda Cynon Taff you can get help and support to quit smoking by either contacting the Stop Smoking Wales service or by visiting one of a number of pharmacies participating in the "Pharmacy Stop Smoking Scheme". Click on the links below for more information.
Free confidential support & nicotine replacement therapy (NRT) is available from various community pharmacies across Rhondda Cynon Taff.
Ask your Pharmacist for more details, or click on http://www.healthchallengerct.org.uk/help_to_quit for further information.
About 2 in 3 smokers want to stop smoking. Some people can give up easily.
Willpower and determination are the most important aspects when giving up smoking. However, nicotine is a drug of addiction and many people find giving up a struggle.
HELP IS AVAILABLE
Get in touch with Stop Smoking Wales by calling 0800 085 2219 or call the Smokers Helpline on 0800 169 0169
Or why not click on http://www.stopsmokingwales.com/home
Did you know? : Smokers who use Stop Smoking Wales are four times more likely to quit
Visit the website for more details www.euro.who.int/tobaccofree
For further information about smoking click here