May 31st (today), is World No Tobacco Day. Ash trays with fresh flowers are a common symbol of World No Tobacco Day. World No Tobacco Day (WNTD) is observed around the world every year on the 31st of May. It is intended to encourage a 24-hour period of abstinence from all forms of tobacco consumption around the globe.

Even though we know you know, we still must state the obvious – smoking is NOT good for you or anyone for that matter! 

ash-burning-cigar-smokingHow many cigarettes do you think are smoked on average per day? It’s approximately 13.6, with a peak of 14.1 cigarettes on the target 45-64 years. 

It seems that no matter what is said, or done… some smokers simply seem unable to quite. The impact of shock images on smokers – looking at pictograms, strong risk messages, toll-free numbers and warnings on the packages – 83% of smokers have thought, at least sometimes, of health risks but only 60% said that the desire to quit increased, while a mere 36% gave up smoking a cigarette.

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The focus of World No Tobacco Day 2019 is on “tobacco and lung health.” The campaign will increase awareness on:

  • the negative impact that tobacco has on people’s lung health, from cancer to chronic respiratory disease,
  • the fundamental role lungs play for the health and well-being of all people.

The campaign also serves as a call to action, advocating for effective policies to reduce tobacco consumption and engaging stakeholders across multiple sectors in the fight for tobacco control.

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Image: WHO

There is little we can do to try help you quite… however should you really have the will to, there are support services locally which you can refer to. Just click the link: Quit smoking support services Malta