‘World No To­bacco Day’

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May 31, is “World no To­bacco Day”. It will mark the 30th year since 1987 when the World Health Or­ga­ni­za­tion (WHO) im­ple­mented its an­nual cam­paign aimed at ed­u­cat­ing the pub­lic on the dan­gers of smok­ing to­bacco and at fight­ing the to­bacco epi­demic that has cut short the lives of thou­sands of smok­ers around the world.

The t heme of t his year’s ques­tion, other ci­garette ad­dicts would cel­e­bra­tion – “To­bacco, a threat to be ben­e­fited. de­vel­op­ment” – falls in the wake “Willpower,” he quipped. “On the of Pres­i­dent Ro­drigo Duterte’s day I de­cided to smoke my last stick, Ex­ec­u­tive Or­der 26 (dated May 16, I did it.” 2017) ban­ning smok­ing in pub­lic Just like that? What a fine ex­am­ple places and pub­lic util­ity ve­hi­cles of strong de­ter­mi­na­tion to quit! na­tion­wide. By that ex­am­ple, Toni de­bunked

I have friends who tried but failed the no­tion that willpower alone is not to stop ci­garette smok­ing. But there’s enough to sup­press to­bacco ad­dic­tion. one who beat the habit cold turkey A re­ally de­ter­mined quit­ter would do it – no less than Re­gional Di­rec­tor in ex­change for bet­ter health. Toni June Ta­mayo of the Tech­ni­cal As I write this, I re­mem­ber my later Ed­u­ca­tion and Skills De­vel­op­ment fa­ther. He had many times at­tempted to Author­ity (TESDA). quit by smok­ing less fre­quently. But the

I dis­cov­ered how he had done only time he fi­nally quit was when he it dur­ing a chance meet­ing in a caught lung can­cer. Too late, he passed res­tau­rant. Since we had worked away as a re­sult. to­gether at TESDA in the past, I If you are one of those try­ing to asked him whether he was still a cut back on your num­ber of sticks chain smoker. be­cause you can’t quit out­right, the

Be­fore Toni could an­swer, his bad news is that halv­ing the num­ber wife Dinda butted in, “He no longer of cig­a­rettes you smoke ev­ery day smokes.” hardly makes a dif­fer­ence in your

“How did you do it?” I asked Toni, risk of dy­ing from smok­ing-re­lated hop­ing that if he could an­swer the dis­ease. Take it from a study made

by the Nor­we­gian In­sti­tute of Pub­lic Health in Oslo, Nor­way.

“A re­duc­tion i n ci­garette con­sump­tion by more than 50 per­cent,” wrote study au­thor Aage Tveral, “is not associated with a markedly lower risk of dy­ing from car­dio­vas­cu­lar dis­ease or smok­ing- re­lated can­cer.”

The study in­cluded over 51,000 men and women be­tween the ages of 20 and 34, who were mon­i­tored twice over a pe­riod of 20 years.

The par­tic­i­pants were grouped ac­cord­ing to their smok­ing his­tory. There were those who never smoked and ex-smok­ers. But among those who be­gan the study as smok­ers, there were quit­ters ( stopped smok­ing over the course of the study), mod­er­ate smok­ers ( 1- 14 cig­a­rettes daily), re­duc­ers (started the study while smok­ing 15 or more cig­a­rettes but cut that num­ber by half) and heavy smok­ers (15 or more cig­a­rettes a day).

At the end of the study, re­searchers found that there was no dif­fer­ence in the num­ber of smok­ing-re­lated deaths be­tween the heavy smok­ers and the re­duc­ers. For women, in fact, the death rate from can­cer rose in the group that re­duced the num­ber of cig­a­rettes they smoked.

Only the group of men who cut back the num­ber of cig­a­rettes they smoked dur­ing the first 15 years of the study saw any im­prove­ment in death rates, al­though it was slight.

Tveral wrote that as a re­sult of his find­ings, doc­tors and other health ed­u­ca­tors should make sure that pa­tients un­der­stand that cut­ting back is not nearly the same as quit­ting.

In other words, the only safe way out of the risk caused by smok­ing is to quit. com/

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