March 21st is the day kids and adults say “no” to smoking and increase awareness. Years ago the “Truth” campaigns against tobacco were started in the US states of Massachusetts, Florida, and California and because of their appeal it helped the entire anti-tobacco movement. However in many parts of the world young people are starting to smoke in early teens, and even though they know it’s bad for them they continue anyway — now “vaping” is another slightly safer but still problematic as toxic chemicals affect the smoker. Love this California ad.
Studies prove that passive smoking is alive and well and environmental tobacco smoke in non-smoking areas show unhealthy limits (Vardavas, Kondilis et al.). It is amazing how big tobacco keeps targeting smaller and poorer countries including Greece, by funding seaside club-bar venues like this one!
So it’s time for us to set the record straight… besides long term effects on one’s heart and lungs leading to serious and chronic health issues including death, here are some other (of many) issues one needs to think about:
1) Cigarettes make your teeth and fingers yellow, visit your dentist at least once a year (twice is the ideal).
2) Your skin loses elasticity and you age faster. Think of loading up on antioxidants like vitamins!
3) Your hair, clothes, furniture, and home, stink… if you smoke prefer open spaces but pleeeaaase do not expose people to passive smoking or throw your cigarette butts on ground and seas — Don’t pollute !
Ever wonder how some cafes, restaurants, or public places successfully deliver their “thanks for not smoking” messages? Take a look….
Why not enjoy a coffee in peace, as you write about all the money you will be saving once you kick the habit? Places you can travel to, wonderful tastes and smells that come back to you when your olfactory system kicks in. Think of who you need to recruit on your support team to help you quit? Especially in dealing with possible relapse…
It’s time for future generations to bind together and make smoking a part of the past. Power to young people to take back your life and breathe free.