Today is World No Tobacco Day. A day created by World Health Organization in 1987. This year’s theme is Smoke-Free Environments.
Some facts from WHO on smoking:
"Tobacco is the second major cause of death in the world. It is well known that half the people who smoke regularly today – about 650 million people – will eventually be killed by tobacco. Equally alarming is the fact that hundreds of thousands of people who have never smoked die each year from diseases caused by breathing second-hand tobacco smoke."
Sounds scary, right? But what has that got to do with us parents?
Well I want you smoking parents take note. If you smoke, some of the negative effects are:
1) your children will follow suit
2) as second hand smokers, your children’s health is affected
3) of course, your health will be affected too
In conjunction with today’s World No Tobacco Day, make a commitment to yourself to quit smoking. If you find it difficult to quit, check out a great blog post on how a dad has succeeded in quitting smoking. There’s no excuse you can’t do it. At least think of your children.
All the best.