How to survive World No Tobacco Day

Wikipedia – World No Tobacco Day (WNTD) is observed around the world every year on May 31. It is intended to encourage a 24-hour period of abstinence from all forms of tobacco consumption around the globe. Ashtrays are cleaned and filled with flowers to symbolise a cleaner and healthier world.

The day is further intended to draw attention to the widespread prevalence of tobacco use and to negative health effects, which currently lead to nearly 6 million deaths each year worldwide, including 600,000 of which are the result of non-smokers being exposed to second-hand smoke. The member states of the World Health Organization (WHO) created World No Tobacco Day in 1987. In the past twenty nine years, the day has been met with both enthusiasm and resistance around the globe from governments, public health organizations, smokers, growers, and the tobacco industry.

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What are the things that you can do to abstain (successfully) from cigarettes for a single 24-hour period.

Out of sight, out of mind

Put your cigarettes far away before going to bed. Top shelf of the cupboard. Under your mattress. No use to put them in your top pocket. We smoke many cigarettes just because “they are there”. By putting your cigarettes and other smoking paraphernalia away you remove a massive trigger to smoke.

Take a water bottle and some healthy snacks to work

Many of the cigarettes we smoke are because we are tired, thirsty, or hungry. Keep yourself well hydrated and have snacks ready for the morning (10 am) and afternoon (3 -4 pm) slumps. We usually overcome these by walking outside and smoking a cigarette. Take a walk outside and enjoy an apple. Enjoy the fresh air.

Deep breathing

When you get agitated or stressed, take a few deep breath, count from 1 – 10 and back. These are the things your parents taught you as a child. As valid today as it was then.

Do something, anything

The best distraction from a cigarette is to do something physical. Do the dishes, go for a walk, make yourself a cup of tea. By dwelling on a cigarette you are allowing a monster to grow in your own mind. Get up and do something.

Enjoy the day!