Central Referral Hospital (CRH) under Sikkim Manipal University (SMU) observed No Smoking Day recently focusing on Tobacco Cessation Counselling at the Hospital.
The importance of Counsellors was highlighted to mark the occasion as they help prepare clients for the irritability, anxiety and other uncomfortable feelings that they are likely to experience when they attempt to stop smoking cigarettes.
It is widely accepted that the nicotine in cigarettes is highly addictive, but people struggling with mental health issues often turn to cigarettes for reasons that go beyond their addictive qualities. For instance, many people smoke as a coping mechanism to deal with difficult feelings.
Besides, despite their negative health effects, cigarettes are still largely viewed by society as an "acceptable" addiction in comparison to other substances. The successful intervention begins with identifying users and appropriate interventions based on the patient's willingness to quit.
No Smoking Day is celebrated all over the world every year on the second Wednesday of March to help smokers who want to quit smoking and also to raise awareness about the health effects of smoking in day-to-day life. The main motive of No Smoking Day is to educate people to quit smoking.
The successful intervention begins with identifying users and appropriate interventions based on the patient's willingness to quit.Every year a theme is selected and awareness is created based on that. This year's theme is: "Commit to quit". It urges smokers to commit mind to quit smoking.
No Smoking Day is the perfect day to find the motivation needed to quit smoking.
Smokers are at greater risk for diseases that affect the heart and blood vessels like heart attack and stroke. Smoking causes lung disease by damaging airways and the small air sacs (alveoli) in the lungs leading to COPD, Asthma etc.
Smoking leads to cancer almost all-over the body Bladder, Blood, Cervix Colon and rectum, Esophagus Kidney and ureter Larynx, Liver, Oropharynx, Pancreas, Stomach, Trachea, bronchus, and lung. Smoking also affects fertility in both men and women
Second-hand smoke is equally dangerous and contains toxins, cancer-causing substances. It affects the health of children and pregnant women.