May 31st is WORLD “NO TOBACCO DAY”
If you use tobacco, there are many reasons to try to quit today. Not only does smoking cause multiple forms of cancer, it can also cause bad breath, discolored teeth, increase plaque and tartar buildup on teeth, and raise the risk of gum disease, tooth loss, and oral cancer. World No Tobacco Day, created by the World Health Organization, is held every May 31st. In support of World No Tobacco Day, Smile Sarasota is offering a few tips for people thinking about quitting.
- Ask for support: Tell friends and family that you’re trying to quit and ask them to give you encouragement, especially when you have the urge to light up. Joining a support group or talking to a counselor or therapist can also help.
- Find new ways to relax: People often use tobacco as a way to relieve stress and relax. When you’re trying to quit, make sure to find new ways to unwind, like exercising, getting a massage, taking a bubble bath, picking up a hobby, or meditating.
- Avoid your tobacco triggers: Tobacco use can become a part of your daily routine, which can be hard to break. If you smoke when you drink alcohol, avoid drinking when you’re trying to quit. Similarly, if you smoke with your morning coffee, try switching to tea.
- Clear tobacco out of your life: Once you’ve decided to quit, deep clean your house, car, clothes, and anything that could retain the smell of smoke. Also, throw away lighters, ashtrays, and any other memorabilia of your smoking past.
Quitting tobacco can be a daunting task, but the right support and plan can make it that much more manageable.
Sources: WebMD, who.int, CDC.gov