World No Tobacco Day 2024: Did You Know Smoking Does This To Your Body? 

World No Tobacco Day 2024: Did You Know Smoking Does This To Your Body? 

May 31st marks World No Tobacco Day, a global campaign led by the World Health Organization (WHO) to raise awareness about the dangers of tobacco use and advocate for effective policies to reduce consumption. This year’s theme, “Protecting Children from Tobacco Industry Interference,” underscores the critical need to safeguard young people from the manipulative tactics of the tobacco industry.

Focus on Youth Protection

The WHO emphasises the vulnerability of children to tobacco industry marketing. Exposure to tobacco use at home or in communities increases the likelihood of children becoming smokers themselves. World No Tobacco Day 2024 calls for robust policies to shield children from these influences, preventing addiction, protecting their health, and building a healthier future for all.

Smoking’s Devastating Impact

While the theme highlights youth protection, it’s crucial to remember the devastating health consequences of smoking. Tobacco use remains the leading cause of preventable death worldwide, claiming millions of lives annually. Smoking negatively affects nearly every bodily system:

  • Cardiovascular System: Increased risk of heart attack, stroke, and narrowed blood vessels.
  • Digestive System: Higher risk of stomach and pancreatic cancers, ulcers, and acid reflux.
  • Skin Health: Accelerated ageing, wrinkles, dryness, sagging skin, and increased skin cancer risk.
  • Reproductive System: Reduced fertility, erectile dysfunction, complications in pregnancy.
  • Oral Health: Oral cancer, gum disease, tooth loss, bad breath, and stained teeth.
  • Vision: Increased risk of cataracts and macular degeneration, potentially leading to blindness.
  • Immune System: Weakened immune system, making it harder to fight infections and delaying healing.
  • Mental Health: Higher risk of anxiety, depression, and other mental health disorders, along with cognitive decline and memory loss.

A Call to Action

World No Tobacco Day highlights the significant impact of smoking on people and society. By learning about the risks and supporting strong policies to protect children and decrease tobacco use, we can strive for a healthier future for everyone.

Management of Tobacco Abuse

Managing tobacco abuse involves a comprehensive approach that includes behavioural, pharmacological, and supportive strategies. Here’s an overview of effective methods to help individuals quit smoking and manage tobacco dependence:

1. Behavioral Interventions

  • Counselling: Individual, group, or telephone counselling can provide support, education, and strategies for quitting.
  • Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT): Helps change the thoughts and behaviours related to smoking.
  • Motivational Interviewing: Enhances an individual’s motivation to quit by exploring and resolving ambivalence.

2. Supportive Strategies

  • Quitlines: Telephone-based support services that offer counselling and resources.
  • Mobile Apps and Digital Tools: Provide tracking, encouragement, and resources.
  • Social Support: Encouragement and assistance from family, friends, and support groups.

3. Lifestyle and Behavioral Changes

  • Stress Management: Techniques such as exercise, meditation, and hobbies to cope with stress.
  • Avoiding Triggers: Identifying and avoiding situations that trigger the urge to smoke.
  • Healthy Diet and Exercise: Supporting overall health and reducing stress.

4. Educational and Preventive Measures

  • Public Health Campaigns: Increase awareness of the dangers of smoking and benefits of quitting.
  • School-Based Programs: Educate youth about the risks of tobacco use.

Say No To Tobacco With Homeopathy!

1. Caladium

One of the great tobacco craving remedies, Caladium promotes a dislike for tobacco, often to the point of nausea or vomiting if used when smoking. A keynote symptom for this remedy is a dread of motion. Headaches, memory loss, dyspnoea and catarrhal asthma may also be noted here. Symptoms are worse for motion and better after sleep. CamphorIcy coldness is characteristic here and it’s often accompanied by a throbbing, occipital headache, insomnia, weak bradycardia and a violent, dry, hacking cough. Symptoms are worse at night and from motion and better from warmth. Modifies craving for tobacco.

2. Coca:

Coca was first used as a tobacco antidote. Some homoeopathic practitioners suggest Coca as a remedy to help individuals overcome addiction and cravings. It may be used to address cravings for substances like caffeine, sugar, or tobacco.

3. ARSENIC ALBUM: The Arsenicum type displays a classic picture of the recently ex- smoker: restless, anxious, constantly shifting, fearful, easily exhausted, emaciated and any area of pain often has a burning character. Also seen here may be great thirst for cold water drinks often but little at a time. Symptoms are worse in wet weather or cold, and better for heat and warm drinks. Pulse more rapidly in the morning.

4. DAPHNE INDICA: It is effective for removing the craving for tobacco. It is prescribed when severe headache occurs as if the head were separated from the body due to the effect of tobacco. The patient also experiences sleeplessness, profuse sweat, burning pain in stomach and foetid breath.

5. TABACUM: Those who are having the issues like nausea, vomiting, motion sickness, indigestion, hypertension, confusion and lack of concentration are given tabacum, as it assists in elimination of the toxins carried by tobacco. It has a significant effect on tobacco craving.

Important Antidotes, for abuse of tobacco are: 

  • Ipec., for excessive nausea and vomiting. 
  • Ars., for bad effects of tobacco chewing.
  •  Nux, for the gastric symptoms the next morning after smoking.
  •  Phos., palpitation, tobacco heart, sexual weakness.
  •  Ign., for annoying hiccough from tobacco chewing.
  • Clem., or Plant., for tobacco toothache. 
  • Sep., neuralgic affections of right side of face; dyspepsia; chronic nervousness, especially in sedentary occupations. 
  • Lyc., for impotence, spasms, cold sweat from excessive smoking. 
  • Gels., occipital headache and vertigo from excessive use, especially smoking. 
  • Tabaccum, potentized (200 or 1000) to relieve terrible craving when discontinuing use.


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Dr Mansi Tyagi

Dr Mansi Tyagi - BHMS (Bachelor of Homeopathic Medicine and Surgery) graduate from prestigious college of Delhi, Dr.B.R.Sur Homoeopathic Medical College, Hospital and Research Centre.