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World Tobacco Day 2022: Tobacco – a Threat To Our Environment

31 May is observed as World Tobacco Day by the World Health Organization (WHO) and all its global partners. This annual campaign is an opportunity to raise awareness of the harmful and deadly effects of tobacco use and passive smoke exposure and discouraging tobacco use in any form. 

The World No Tobacco Day 2022 focuses on “Tobacco – a threat to our environment.” The tobacco industry continuously harms the environment, adding unnecessary stress to our planet’s insufficient resources and delicate ecosystems. 

Over 8 million people every year destroy the environment by tobacco. It destroys our environment, further harming human health through its cultivation, production, distribution, consumption, and post-consumer waste. 

The growth and manufacture of tobacco poisons our water, soil, beaches and city streets with chemicals, toxic waste, cigarette butts, including micro-plastics, and e-cigarette waste.

Effects of Tobacco On Your Health

How much can tobacco affect you and your health? Here are some possible effects that includes: 

  1. Addiction 
  2. Stress   
  3. Depression 
  4. Schizophrenia 

Addiction

Smoking tobacco that contains nicotine reaches the brain in a few seconds. Nicotine helps to refresh the mood and gives you relaxation. Regular doses of tobacco may lead to changes in the brain and can lead to addiction. 

Stress

Does smoking help in stress release? Some people smoke to reduce their stress, but research shows that smoking actually increases the tension. Tobacco may give an immediate sense of relaxation, leading you to believe that it reduces anxiety. But that feeling of relaxation is temporary and may cause you to develop a constant craving for tobacco. Smoking doesn’t reduce anxiety.  

Depression

A person with depression smokes twice as a person without any mental health issues. However, many people start smoking without showing signs of depression.  Tobacco causes the release of a chemical in the brain called Dopamine. This chemical activates positive feelings. People with depression may have low levels of Dopamine, so they intake tobacco to experience the feeling of pleasure.   

Schizophrenia

People suffering from schizophrenia smoke three times more than those without the disorder. Smoking may seem to manage some of the symptoms connected with the illness. However, studies also shows that smoking may raise the risk of developing schizophrenia.

Conclusion 

Smoking might seem to reduce your stress or depression, but it makes things worse in the long run. Talk to your doctor if you face any mental health difficulties. Find people who will support you in quitting tobacco. It’s okay to fail once because it won’t be easy; try again but don’t let it set you back. 

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