Join the smoke-free movement with these resources for World No Tobacco Day

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Take a look at this content on smoking habits, the harm smoking can cause to your health and ways to stop smoking.

According to one of the most recent reports from the World Health Organization (WHO), there are more than a billion smokers on the planet, 80% of whom come from developing countries.

Here are some resources that map and plot smoker profiles around the world.

Lung diseases caused by tobacco

The harmful effects of tobacco have serious consequences on our health and is in fact considered to be the most common cause of preventable death. The issues caused by tobacco not only affect smokers, but also the people around them who become passive smokers: according to WHO, 8 million people die each year from smoking, and 890,000 people die from second-hand smoke inhalation.

Some 40% of these deaths are caused by lung diseases such as cancer, chronic respiratory diseases and tuberculosis. This year’s campaign for World No Tobacco Day has focused specifically on this point.

Ways to stop smoking

Efforts are being made around the world to combat the “smoking pandemic” and in fact, one of the targets of Agenda 2030’s Sustainable Development Goal 3, on ensuring healthy lives and promoting well-being for all at all ages, is focused on the implementation of the World Health Organization Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC) in all countries.

Steps to help control tobacco consumption have been coming into place over the last ten years, including alternatives to smoking.

New year’s resolution: quit smoking

Just 20 minutes after putting out a cigarette, your heart rate and blood pressure drop. In the long term, the risk of developing lung cancer reduces by 50% compared to smokers. This is the data illustrated by an infographic produced using data from WHO.

In order to avoid serious health problems, it is wise to stop smoking as soon as possible. We have compiled a series of guides that could help you to take this step for good. Our list includes content that is also related to new technologies.