No Smoking Day is held on March 11th of this year. It is an annual awareness observance celebrated on the Second Wednesday of every March. Cigarette smoking is found to be the one most commonly found addiction which is killing so many lives every year. It is much harder for those who are dependent on cigarettes to leave the smoking habit. Smoking affects the heart in major and thus results in heart diseases. But to live a healthy and peaceful life, quitting smoking is the only possible way. There are lots of awareness campaign carried out globally that portrays the negative impacts of cigarette smoking. And No Smoking Day encourages smokers to quit smoking. On this, people are intended to help those smokers who wanted to quit smoking.
“Smoking kills. If you’re killed, you’ve lost a very important part of your life.” – Brooke Shields
History of No Smoking Day
No Smoking Day has been in celebration since the year 1984. It was held on Ash Wednesday when it was called ‘Quit for the Day’. However, it has been observed on the second Wednesday in March at present. It is an annual awareness day celebrated in the United Kingdom at first and has been observed globally. The Day aims at helping those smokers over the world to quit smoking. It sorts out the dangers and harmful effects of smoking and its addiction by spreading awareness through various means. Every year, the campaign is promoted with a theme usually a short phrase. For instance, the theme of 2010 was “Break free” which encouraged the chain smokers to quit this bad habit on the No Smoking Day and whereas the theme of 2011 was “Time to quit?“
The awareness Day has been run by the London-based charity with the name same as of this Day until 2011 when it merged with the British Heart Foundation. Currently, both the coalition of governmental and voluntary sector organizations are funding this campaign. The mission of this Day is to reach all types of smokers irrespective of their age, sex or social class and help spur the smokers into the action of quitting smoking. It is found that smokers are almost twice as likely to have a heart attack when compared with the people who have never smoked. Stopping from the smoking habit has huge health benefits and is never too late to give it up. The single best thing what one can do for the heart health can be none other than quitting smoking.
All those who have the thought of staying away from the smoking habit can start at any day and on No Smoking Day. It was found that 1 in 10 smokers quit smoking on this Day according to research conducted in the year 2009. Stopping smoking will reduce the risk of coronary heart disease, stroke and different types of cancer from mouth to lungs. As the smoking habit increases the risk of developing cardiovascular diseases, anyone who wants to spend the rest of their life needs to wake up to stay away from smoking. Smokers can even get the necessary help and support whenever if they are about to stop smoking.
Other Celebrations on March 11
March 11 is also celebrated as
How to Celebrate No Smoking Day
On No Smoking Day, anyone can stop their smoking habit. Make sure you quit smoking for the benefit of your healthy life. Of course, it is not very easy to stop this habit but is the right time to make a strong step towards quitting it. It is even better to consult a physician to get advice on do’s and don’t to stop smoking. Even those non-smokers can take this Day as a way to educate and bring in awareness about the negative effects of smoking on your loved ones who are smoking seriously. Take time to bring them out this habit. Also, if you have already quit smoking, then be proud of yourself as is the best way of honouring and celebrating this Day. Share your awareness about this Day and the benefits of not smoking on social media using the hashtag #NoSmokingDay.