From as early as I can remember, each year for my birthday I would make a list and put one thing on it for my parents:
"My wish is that you stop smoking."
I am 30 years old now…and they still smoke. Chances are, you, (much like my parents), know that smoking causes cancer. I knew this when I was little and I am sure you know if too. However, there are still millions of people out there that smoke.
Today is National No Smoking Day in the UK. It is a day to help support those who are wanting to quit.
Let’s state the facts: beyond the overwhelming facts about cancer causing lung cancer - both smoking and second hand smoke can increase the risk of breast cancer. Tobacco smoke contains PAHs and hundreds of other chemicals. These chemicals, a few of which are known carcinogens, have caused mammary tumors in animals. In fact there are 69 human and/or animal carcinogens in tobacco smoke alone.
World Smoking Day is April 7th
– I am emailing my parents and urging them to stop and go smoke-free from today until April 7th
. I am asking you to do the same. Either try to quit smoking until April 7th
or support a friend in their journey to do the same.
My favorite ways to encourage my parents while I was younger:
2. Smashing their packs to show them the hurt that buying a new pack caused
3. Replacing their cigarettes with ANYTHING while they weren’t looking. My favorite was twizzlers cut to size – as they seemed to be able to go as far as packing their cigarettes before noticing.
4. Stating facts
- Chemicals are added to paper to make the cigarette stay lit even when you are not puffing.
- Filters are made out of the same material as camera film.
- 1 in 3 youth smokers will eventually die from a tobacco related disease
- It is estimated that in 2013 approximately 203,544 Americans will be diagnosed with lung cancer attributable to smoking.
- In the U.S., tobacco kills more Americans than AIDS, alcohol, car accidents, murders, suicides, drugs, and fires combined
Now we know this is one of the hardest challenges so please let us know if you are taking on the challenge or of tips on encouraging others to quit in the comments below!