World No Tobacco Day – 31 May 2018

April 30, 2018

Tobacco and Heart Disease

Every year on the 31st of May the WHO (World Health Organisation) marks World No Tobacco Day highlighting the health and other risks associated with tobacco use.

This year the focus is on Tobacco and Heart Disease.

Tobacco use is an important risk factor for the development of coronary heart disease, stroke, and peripheral vascular disease.

Did you know that the global tobacco epidemic kills more than 7 million people each year of which close to 900 000 are non-smokers dying from breathing second-hand smoke?

How smoking kills your heart

  • The chemicals in tobacco smoke damage the function of your heart and the structure and function of your blood vessels
  • Carbon monoxide in tobacco smoke reduces the amount of oxygen in your blood causing your heart to work harder to supply your body with the oxygen it needs
  • Nicotine causes your heart to beat faster and raises your blood pressure

– a potentially lethal combination of effects leading to the increased risk of angina, heart attack and stroke.

The good news is that the risk of heart disease diminishes by 50% within the first year of stopping smoking.

Why not use the 31st May, World No Tobacco Day, as the day you quit smoking!!

Tobacco users need help to quit.

Smoking is a complex combination of behaviours driven by social and psychological factors as well as a pharmacological addiction.

But it can be beaten – an evidence based stop smoking programme designed around motivational interviewing, behaviour change, medication and support gives you the best chance of quitting and staying quit.

Read more on GoSmokeFree and quit this World No Tobacco Day!

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