The World Health Organization(WHO), this year, brings an initiative to eradicate the use of Tobacco in this ‘World No Tobacco Day’ by creating and spreading awareness through its campaign, “COMMIT TO QUIT”.
According to WHO, there are around 1.3 billion tobacco users across the globe and over 80% of the consumers belong from low and middle-income countries. An estimated account of more than 8 million deaths are caused due to Tobacco each year of which 1.2 million deaths are due to exposure to Second-Hand Smoke.
In this epidemic of Covid-19(a respiratory disease) where millions of lives have been lost and many losing their loved ones, the one who is most vulnerable to this Virus is Tobacco Users. The use of Tobacco can decrease their immune to tackle the virus and has an adverse effect which ultimately makes them more prone to the virus. This year, WHO has urged the public to join and support them by providing people with information, tools, and benefits of quitting Tobacco.
As per a report, around 60%of the tobacco users are willing to quit the consumption of such substances due to the pandemic. But there are only 30% of the world population who have proper centres for Tobacco cessation.
As covid-19 is a communicable disease and largely affects the lungs, it can pave the way for many respiratory infections such as pneumonia, tuberculosis etc. The launched Campaign by WHO aims to help at least a 100million people to quit consumption of tobacco through the means of digital tools, provided by the organization and other various initiatives.
Lately, there is a decline in the use of tobacco users. As said by Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus(WHO Director-general), “Declines in Tobacco use amongst males mark a turning point in the fight against tobacco”. Over the past two decades, in 2000, the total tobacco users were estimated to approx 1.397 billion and on the other hand, it dropped to 1.337 billion in 2018.
Major benefits of quitting tobacco can lead to a normal rate of blood pressure and heart beat. And moreover, quitting the use of such substances even for 12 hours can lead your Blood Carbon Monoxide level to drop at a normal rate. The lung function and circulation improves and the risk of heart attack drastically decreases.
In this ‘World No Tobacco day’, let us all join and support the initiative taken by the World Health Organization (WHO) and let us all be a part of the campaign, “Commit To Quit” to save the lives of many across the globe.