The United Kingdom celebrates an annual health awareness day known as No Smoking Day to assist smokers in leaving smoking. No Smoking day is celebrated on the second Wednesday in March, and the first No smoking day was celebrated on Ash Wednesday in the year 1984.
This year, No Smoking day is celebrated on 11th March 2020. We could now easily see the disclaimer in the movies stating Smoking is injurious to health. The need for the campaign has spread that awareness for the ill effects of smoking.
Reasons for No Smoking Day
Though one can quit smoking on any day of the year, the main aim of No Smoking Day is to spread awareness about the harmful effects of tobacco consumption through any modes. One of the worst addictions is chewing tobacco or smoking. There have been many ill effects of smoking and have seen the worst health conditions due to smoking, but still, many youths take up smoking each day. Some people take up smoking to look like grownups or out of curiosity.
It has been observed that one out of ten people quit smoking on the No Smoking Day due to the campaign run throughout the world.
Some of the health issues faced due to smoking are:
- Continuous Coughing with throat irritation, which is accompanied by bad breath and wrong smelling clothes.
- Smoking may lead to patchy skin and discoloration of teeth
- Heart Disease
- Various types of Cancer – mostly oral cancer
It has been observed one of the reasons for premature death is smoking. Let’s first understand that smoking is not only physical addiction but also the psychological addiction. The nicotine found in a cigarette is the powerfully addictive drug that doesn’t allow the person to quit quickly. So whenever the person tries to eliminate that consistent fix of nicotine, then it causes their body to experience physical withdrawal symptoms and cravings. It is due to nicotine’s “feel good” effect on your brain, you may turn to smoke as a quick, easy, and reliable way to boost your outlook, relieve stress, and unwind. You will see the health benefits and also improvement in your stress dealing once you quit smoking.
Steps to quit smoking
Smoking is one of those stubborn habits that are difficult to stop. So, the first thing in the process of quitting smoking is to be firm to leave it forever. Once you have made the firm decision, then there is no looking back. You can follow the below steps or procedures to quit smoking:
- It would be best if you understood the reason for your regular smoking. Some people take up smoking to cope with depression, boredom, or anxiety. So quitting smoking would mean find other ways to deal with these things.
- You should question yourself, which means to interrogate yourself with questions like, are you a heavy smoker, or are there certain activities or people associated with your smoking or you smoke without any reason? Identify your smoking triggers.
- The trick is to plan about quitting smoking with START which means – Set a quit date, Tell your family that you intend to leave, Anticipate the challenges you will face while quitting, Remove tobacco products from your home, office, car and wherever you go on regular basis, and Lastly Talk to your professional expertise to assist in quitting smoking.
- Next time you feel like smoking, then distract yourself by taking a shower, getting busy with work, or simply entering the area of the no-smoking zone if feasible.
- If you decide to quit smoking, then regularly reward yourself for not smoking for that particular day.
- Take a pledge for not smoking for a few days. If quitting smoking entirely seems impossible for you, then take an oath for leaving tobacco for a few days like 21 days or so.
- Join the fitness club – Doing a healthy activity is also considered one of the effective ways to quit smoking.
- Keep your hands busy whenever you feel like smoking. Squeeze balls, play with pencils, or paper clips are suitable substitutes to satisfy that need for tactile stimulation.