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Tuesday, 31 May 2005
World No Tobacco Day
Topic: Health Issues
No TobaccoWe are horrified when we hear of yet another death in Iraq; since the start of military operations, the total number of British troops killed has risen to 88. Eighty-eight young lives destroyed, eighty-eight families torn apart.

Yet, there is a greater killer in our midst. Did you know that smoking tobacco is the principal avoidable cause of premature death in the UK, killing more than 120,000 a year. Yes, one hundred and twenty thousand! That is a terrible and completely unnecessary waste of human life. In fact, tobacco is the second major cause of death in the world. It is currently responsible for the death of one in ten adults worldwide (about 5 million deaths each year). If current smoking patterns continue, it will cause some 10 million deaths each year by 2020. Half the people that smoke today -that is about 650 million people- will eventually be killed by tobacco. [World Health Organisation]

World No Tobacco Day (WNTD), observed globally on 31st May each year, is designed to inform people of the dangers of smoking and to tell them what they can do to stop. If you are a smoker, you know that you are endangering your own life - and risking the lives of the people around you who breathe in the smoke you exhale. TODAY is a good time to give up!

Many people try to say that they were seduced by tobacco advertising, that they were not told of the health dangers when they starting smoking thirty, forty or fifty years ago. This is utter nonsense; my husband was well aware of the dangers when he started his National Service in 1951. In fact, the medical fraternity has been aware of the dangerous side effects of smoking for over 120 years. This article is taken from The Boy's Own Paper, Issue No. 187 Vol. IV, for Saturday, August 12 1882.

What Smoking Does For Boys
A medical man, struck with the large number of boys under fifteen years of age he observed smoking, was led to inquire into the effect the habit had upon the general health. He took for his purpose, thirty-eight, aged from nine to fifteen, and carefully examined them. In twenty-seven he discovered injurious traces of the habit; in twenty-two there were various disorders of the circulation and digestion, palpitation of the heart and a more or less taste for strong drink. In twelve there were frequent bleedings of the nose, ten had disturbed sleep, and twelve had slight ulceration of the mucous membrane of the mouth, which disappeared on ceasing the use of tobacco for some days. — British Medical Monthly.

Yes, his survey was amongst boys of nine to fifteen years old. Shocking, isn't it - but children around that age are smoking today. There has also been a rise in drinking alcohol and drug taking amongst school children. Perhaps your child or your teenager is one of them! Is this what you want for your children? Teach them by example - stop NOW. So-called 'peer pressure' may start youngsters on this dangerous habit. Teach your children that it is NOT COOL to smoke or to drink. Tell them that it is the ones who do, who are the weak-willed, immature, foolish people, not the ones who refuse to join in.

Smoking and drinking alcohol at the same time increases the risk of cancers - cancer of the mouth, throat and larynx, stomach cancer, bowel cancer and kidney cancer. Although, a glass of wine a day may be good for the heart, smokers younger than 50 are five times more likely than non-smokers to die of coronary heart disease. Without doubt, smoking adversely affects the lungs, heart, vascular systems and brain tissue. If you become alcohol dependent and smoke, or know someone who is, be aware that smoking compounds alcohol-induced brain damage. Don't take the risk!

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Tuesday, 31 May 2005 - 14:14 BST

Name: doubledog

Children who grow up in a very, very rural setting have such an advantage. With no playmates around, no stores nearby, only fields and woods and animals and their family...that's a great chance to grow up free from all sorts of life-destroying influences. In contrast, urban/suburban children live cheek-by-jowl with opportunity to acquire every sort of destructive habit. There's a lot to be said for having the human race spread the story of the Tower Of Babel. People were acting crazy, doing themselves no good, so God gave them a reason to move away from one another. When too many rats occupy the same cage, they begin to prey upon their fellow rodent. Similarly, helping one's closely associated human beings to become addicted to tobacco and alcohol is a way of preying on the crowd of people impinging on your personal space, clearing the area, making more room for yourself. I'm thankful I grew up at the end of a long, badly-maintained, rut-filled, dirt road...not a family in sight or within walking distance, nothing between me and civilization but seven miles of forest and streams and wild animals. Given what I've seen can happen to kids in the city, I was a most wonderfully advantaged child. Nothing around but Mother and Dad and my sister and all the farm animals and wild tobacco or alcohol...good grief, my Mother was even opposed to desserts, soda pop, chips and lunch meats! I don't ever remember her buying Coke, Fritos, balogna, ice cream. She thought stuff like that could kill a person. We ate farm meat and produce, fresh in summer and canned/preserved in winter. Tobacco and alcohol? I was so unlikely to fall prey to those that I remember when a representative of the local WCTU called at our home to urge me as a young person to sign "the pledge" father refused to allow me to sign. He said, "You won't ever become an alcoholic, and it's silly to make unnecessary promises.":-)

Tuesday, 31 May 2005 - 19:52 BST

Name: Dave
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Bring on the smoking ban in public places!!!
We live in the 21st century, after all.

Plus, I'm fed up with my clothes smelling like an ashtray after going out, and having a bad chest the following day...

Wednesday, 1 June 2005 - 12:37 BST

Name: Tessa

That was an idyllic childhood! My father used to smoke and all my sisters tried it, so did I for a while! I used to puff once or twice a week but I stopped when I met my husband as he has never smoked. I succumbed again after my daughter was born - I bought a packet from the maternity ward trolley! The first one tasted utterly horrible so I gave the rest away and I have never been tempted since.

Wednesday, 1 June 2005 - 12:39 BST

Name: Tessa

The sooner the better! People who smoke a lot don't realise how much they reek of the stuff and it is a very, very unpleasant smell!

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