“One million people a year will die from tobacco smoking in India during the 2012s, research predicts.” says a 2008 BBC report. Even with the ban on smoking in public places in effect in India, we do see many people lighting up cigarettes and beedis on the streets, outside restaurants and bars.
World No Tobacco Day is observed every year on May 31. It is meant to encourage a 24 hour abstinence from smoking and draw attention to its adverse effects. This year, The World Health Organization (WHO) has selected the theme “Gender and tobacco with an emphasis on marketing to women.” About 20% of the world’s 1 billion smokers are women, and the use of tobacco by women and girls in increasing the world over with more advertising and marketing being targeted at women.
- At least half of all lifelong smokers die earlier as a result of smoking.
- About 61% of men who smoke can expect to die at ages 30-69 compared with 41% of otherwise similar non-smokers.
- About 62% of women who smoke can expect to die at ages 30-69 compared with only 38% of non-smokers.
- Chronic smoking can lead to many health issues and diseases: vascular stenosis, lung cancer, heart attacks, and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease
- Smoking also increases the risk of many other types of cancer, including cancers of the throat, mouth, pancreas, kidney, bladder, and cervix.
Methods to quit smoking
- Some smokers choose to quit cold turkey, at once stopping all smoking. For some, this is a much more difficult method. Nicotine withdrawal is hard and is accompanied by mood swings, insomnia, and nicotine cravings.
- Cutting down is another method where cigarettes with lower nicotine are used or less number of cigarettes are smoked. Electronic cigarettes offer a guaranteed way to monitor your nicotine intake as they are available in differing doses of nicotine: 6mg, 12mg, 24mg, etc.
Electronic Cigarettes. These tobacco free nicotine sticks are way more effective than NRT (nicotine replacement therapy). Nicotine patches, gum, inhalers, sprays or lozenges have all proved to be a complete failure as compared with e-cigarettes. E-cigs offer a smoking experience very similar to regular smoking as the smoking actions remain the same as with a normal cigarette, except that only the nicotine content if present, not the harmful tobacco. Smokefree Electric Cigarettes serve the purpose of helping people quit smoking by standing as an alternative to regular tobacco cigarettes. Smokefree E-cigarettes have batteries instead of tobacco, cartridges instead of nicotine, water vapour instead of smoke! A Smokefree cigarette is made up 3 components. 1) The Cartridge. This contains the flavoured e-liquid inhaled during smoking. 2) The Atomizer. This changes the liquid from the cartridge into a vapour (smoke look alike) 3) The Battery, which is rechargable and has a micro processor which controls the atomizer. The tip is an LED light which blinks when the battery is low. Smokefree e cigarettes come with tobacco flavoured cartridges and infused flavoured cartridges, all of which can be customised with differing amounts of nicotine. One Cartridge for Rs 20 would last you the equivalent of one pack of cigarettes. Our electronic cigarettes can be smoked legally in public places as they are Smokefree.
This World No Tobacco, pledge to take your life back – quit smoking. Get support from your doctor, family, friends and co-workers.