No Tobacco Day or Anti-Tobacco Day is marked on 31 May. The day, as the name suggests, is meant to raise awareness about the harmful effects of smoking. The day, created by the World Health Organization (WHO) in 1987, aims to make people aware of the dangerous diseases that can be caused by smoking. The fatal habit can lead to things like cancer, diabetes, respiratory disorders, etc. This year the theme of the day is “Commit to Quit”.

The WHO has launched a year-long campaign on this topic to empower as many as 100 million tobacco users to make an effort to quit smoking. This campaign is made by building networks of support and increasing access to services that will surely help to stop tobacco users successfully.

The nicotine found in tobacco is highly addictive in nature and creates a kind of addiction. Consequently, a person is likely to crave tobacco in extreme moods. This more often than not makes it difficult for the person to quit. However, with a good support system and proven methods, one can gradually get over the dangerous habit.

According to the WHO, 70% of the 1.3 billion tobacco users worldwide do not currently have access to tools needed to quit smoking. This lack of access is also one of the main reasons why people can not quit smoking even though they are aware of the health hazards.

Since coronavirus came into being, many people have become aware of their lifestyle and are trying to give up habits that are harmful to their bodies. It is clear that in such a time many smokers also try to give up tobacco. This is especially important now as it is known that COVID-19 disease severely attacks the lungs.

On No Tobacco Day 2021, many NGOs and organizations will hold webinars to discuss mechanisms and practices that a smoker can adapt to give up this fatal habit.

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first published: 31 May 2021, 08:19 IST