Thursday, 30 May 2013

World No Tobacco Day 31st may 2013

World No Tobacco Day 31st may 2013

"Ban tobacco advertising, promotion and sponsorship" is the theme of this year’s World No Tobacco Day.

What's the greatest threat to a smoker's health? 

Lung cancer is a good guess, and a wrong answer. Cigarettes cause 124,000 lung-cancer deaths  each year, but do you know they kill even more people (138,000) via heart disease. Smokers suffer heart attacks at twice the rate of nonsmokers—and they're less likely to survive them.

Fortunately, these effects are reversible. Quit smoking, and your risk of a heart attack drops almost immediately, returning to that of a never-smoker within five to 15 years. 

Cigarettes contain over 4,000 toxic chemicals, 50 of which are known to cause cancer and nicotine is one of them. WHO estimates passive smoking causes 600,000 deaths every year. 

One-third of those killed are children who are often exposed to smoke at home, according to the WHO. 


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