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Quitting smoking on World No Tobacco Day!

Posted in Medshield Wellness   |   May 31st, 2020

Each year on May 31st, World No Tobacco Day is held to raise awareness on the harmful effects of smoking and to discourage tobacco use. The theme this year ‘Protecting youth from industry manipulation and preventing them from tobacco and nicotine use’.

Every year, on 31 May, the World Health Organization and global partners mark World No Tobacco Day to:

  • highlight the health and other risks related to tobacco use
  • advocate for policies that reduce tobacco use
  • raise awareness about how second-hand smoke affects the smoker, their family and their community

It is also a day where smokers are encouraged to start their quit journey or not smoke for 24 hours.

This year’s theme ‘Protecting youth from industry manipulation and preventing them from tobacco and nicotine use’ will:

  • debunk myths
  • expose tactics used by the industry to attract younger people
  • provide younger people the knowledge they need to detect industry manipulation
  • provide tools to help younger people stand up to big tobacco.

Tobacco smoking in South Africa

Smokers and tobacco users are likely to be more vulnerable to COVID-19.

Smokers may already have lung damage, reduced lung capacity or lung disease, which greatly increases the risk of serious illness. Further, the act of smoking means their fingers are in contact with their lips. This increases the possibility of transmitting the virus from their hand to their mouth.

In South Africa, tobacco use remains one of the leading cause of preventable death and disability.

Tobacco use is responsible for 42100 deaths in South Africa annually, and an estimated 80% of adult smokers begin smoking in their teenage years. Most smokers also report that they would like to stop smoking, but struggle to do so. Nicotine in e-cigarettes and tobacco products is a highly addictive drug and can damage children’s brain development, with exposure during this stage in their lives potentially causing lasting severe consequences including detrimental effects on cognition, attention and moods.

Evidence shows that when tobacco control efforts stall, so does the decline in smoking prevalence.

The government is working to reduce tobacco use through tobacco control measures.

Find support

Many ex-smokers successfully quit without any support. For others, getting the right support can go a long way to ensure they quit smoking for good.

Free advice and support services are available to help smokers prepare to quit and recent quitters to stay smoke free. These include:

CANSA’s free online eKickButt programme for help with quitting – smoking – through a series of emails, surveys and downloads, and guides and mentors you, as you quit smoking, and non-smoking becomes a lifelong habit, not merely the time interval between two cigarettes.

This programme supplies a series of handy tools – tried and tested – to help you quit for good. Sign up for free!

For help to quit smoking – call 011 720 3154 or reach out via WhatsApp on 063 828 2909.

Doctors, healthcare providers and pharmacists can also provide support and information about products that help smokers become smoke free.

DISCLAIMER: The information on this blog post is for educational purposes only, and is not intended as medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. If you are experiencing symptoms or need health advice, please consult a healthcare professional.

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