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World No Tobacco Day: A Commitment to Health and Well-being

Welcome to the B. P. Poddar Hospital & Medical Research Limited blog! Today, we join millions around the globe in observing World No Tobacco Day, a vital initiative spearheaded by the World Health Organization (WHO). This annual event, held every May 31st, raises awareness about the harmful effects of tobacco use and advocates for effective policies to reduce tobacco consumption.

The Impact of Tobacco on Health

Tobacco use is one of the leading causes of preventable death worldwide. It is linked to numerous health issues, including:
  • Cancer: Tobacco smoke contains over 70 known carcinogens, contributing to cancers of the lung, throat, mouth, esophagus, pancreas, bladder, and more.
  • Cardiovascular Diseases: Smoking significantly increases the risk of heart disease, stroke, and hypertension.
  • Respiratory Problems: Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), emphysema, and chronic bronchitis are closely associated with smoking.
  • Reproductive Health Issues: Smoking can lead to complications in pregnancy, reduced fertility, and early menopause in women.
At B. P. Poddar Hospital & Medical Research Limited, we see first-hand the devastating effects of tobacco on individuals and families. Our commitment is to provide comprehensive care and support to those battling tobacco-related illnesses and to contribute to broader public health efforts aimed at reducing tobacco use.

This Year’s Theme: “Commit to Quit”

The theme for World No Tobacco Day 2024 is “Commit to Quit,” emphasizing the need for individuals to make a firm decision to stop using tobacco. Quitting tobacco is a challenging journey, but it is a crucial step toward better health and a longer life. Here are some steps to help you get started:
  1. Seek Professional Help
Medical professionals can provide valuable support and resources to help you quit smoking. At B. P. Poddar Hospital, our specialists offer personalized cessation programs, including counseling, medication, and support groups.  
  1. Create a Plan
Set a quit date and prepare yourself mentally and physically for the challenges ahead. Inform your family and friends about your decision so they can support you.  
  1. Identify Triggers
Understand the situations, emotions, or habits that trigger your urge to smoke. Developing coping strategies to deal with these triggers is crucial in avoiding relapse.    
  1. Stay Active
Physical activity can reduce withdrawal symptoms and stress. Engage in regular exercise to keep your body and mind healthy.  
  1. Use Nicotine Replacement Therapy (NRT)
NRT products like patches, gum, and lozenges can help manage withdrawal symptoms by providing a controlled dose of nicotine without the harmful chemicals found in tobacco.

Our Role in Promoting a Tobacco-Free Future

At B. P. Poddar Hospital & Medical Research Limited, we are dedicated to promoting a tobacco-free future. Our efforts include:
  • Education: We conduct awareness campaigns and educational programs to inform the public about the dangers of tobacco use and the benefits of quitting.
  • Research: Our research initiatives aim to find innovative solutions for tobacco cessation and to understand the long-term effects of tobacco use on health.
  • Support: We offer robust support systems for individuals and families affected by tobacco-related diseases, ensuring they receive the best possible care and guidance.
 

Join Us in the Fight Against Tobacco

World No Tobacco Day is a reminder that every step toward quitting tobacco is a step toward a healthier, brighter future. Whether you are a smoker seeking to quit, a non-smoker advocating for a loved one, or a healthcare professional dedicated to saving lives, your efforts are invaluable. Let’s commit to a tobacco-free world. At B. P. Poddar Hospital & Medical Research Limited, we stand with you in this journey. Together, we can make a difference. For more information on our tobacco cessation programs or to book an appointment with our specialists, please visit doctor booking or contact us directly. Stay healthy, stay informed, and take the pledge to quit tobacco today!

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