Monday 31 May is World No Tobacco Day.
It’s a day where global attention is focussed on the harm tobacco does to people, their families and wider communities.
Each year a different topic is highlighted. This year’s theme is:
COMMIT TO QUIT
The saying goes that “quitters never win,” but in the case of tobacco, quitters are the real winners.
When the news came out that smokers were more likely to develop severe disease with COVID-19 compared to non-smokers, it triggered millions of smokers to want to quit tobacco. But without adequate support, quitting can be incredibly challenging.
The nicotine found in tobacco is highly addictive and creates dependence. The behavioural and emotional ties to tobacco use – like having a cigarette with your coffee, craving tobacco, feelings of sadness or stress – make it hard to kick the habit.
With professional support and cessation services, tobacco users double their chances of quitting successfully.