World No Tobacco Day

Published at 31 May, 2021 07:00.

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This world no tobacco day is all about committing to quit. The COVID-19 pandemic has led millions of tobacco users saying they want to quit. 

World No Tobacco Day falls every year on the 31st May, with this year's topic being committed to quit.  

The vast majority of the population is aware of the dangers of tobacco and smoking. Over 7 million people are killed across the globe by smoking tobacco alone. It is believed to be the leading cause of throat and lung cancers, a major risk factor in many other types of cancer. What is little known is that smoking tobacco is one of the main causes of heart problems and diseases. The aim of World No Tobacco Day is to highlight this issue.

Tobacco use and second-hand smoke are known to contribute to around 12% of all deaths from heart disease and is the second leading cause of Cardiovascular Disease, second only to high blood pressure. It’s important to remember that nearly 900,000 people are killed by breathing in second-hand smoke. 

World No Tobacco Day wants to highlight this issue that smokers don’t just affect their health, but that of the people and loved ones around them. Some people are more inclined to quit smoking due to the loved ones around them, especially grandchildren.

If you have already quit smoking, why not commit to staying quit this World No Tobacco Day? Smoking is a relapsing addiction and many people have 6-7 attempts before quitting long term. If you do relapse, don’t feel ashamed of this, we are here to support you and help you quit long term.

There are many ways we can help:

Quit online -

Our online quit tool will allow you to create your own personal profile and will support you on a daily basis through your quit journey.

Telephone support - our advisors are on hand to answer any questions or provide additional support as you need it. You can call 0800 612 0011 (free from landlines) or 0330 660 1166.

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