Tobacco Use Made Less Attractive
It is a fact that tobacco use is the single most preventable cause of cancer, including many other non-communicable diseases.
“Tobacco is the only legally available consumer product which kills people when it is used entirely as intended.” (The Oxford Medical Companion – 1994)
CANSA supports the call from the Secretariat of the World Health Organization (WHO) Framework Convention on Tobacco Control that requires tobacco products to have plain packaging and graphic warning signs.
The South African Government has already worked on a Draft Bill to this effect. Tobacco still remains one of the biggest killers in the world, albeit in the form of cancer or other tobacco-related diseases.
So as part of World No Tobacco Day on 31 May, CANSA welcomes the stand that the country is taking against tobacco use, with the introduction of plain packaging. Read press release: English | Afrikaans
Tobacco Use Puts You & Others at Risk
Would you knowingly put yourself or a loved one in harm’s way?
It’s not likely that you would and yet research shows that this is exactly what you do when you light up.
Smoking not only affects your health, but also those around you. Even when you have left the room and the smoke can no longer be seen, poisonous substances cling to surfaces that your loved ones may touch. Passive smoking (second hand smoking) and third hand smoke (residue that clings to surfaces) can negatively affect health too.
Here we share the facts with you in the hope that you will be motivated to quit the habit & to take charge of your health.
Reduce Your Cancer Risk:
1. Think Through Why Should You Quit
- Tobacco-related diseases kill over 44 000 South Africans and six million people worldwide annually.
- Tobacco usage increases the risk of cancer of the lungs, oesophagus, mouth, bladder, pancreas, kidney, stomach, cervix and breast. See latest fact sheets re these cancers…
- Smoking during pregnancy and exposure to second-hand smoke are both linked to miscarriages, low birth weights and stillbirths. Babies who breathe in second-hand smoke have a higher risk of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS).
- It’s not only cigarettes that are harmful to health: hookah pipe (hubbly bubbly) smoking, cigars, pipes and tobacco products consumed orally or nasally (snuff, snus, chewing tobacco), also have a detrimental effect on health. Electronic cigarettes have not been scientifically proven to be safe either.
- Position Statement – Tobacco Products
- Fact Sheet – Tobacco Products
- All Smoking Kills Infographics: English
- Tobacco Facts Infographic: English
- Hookah Infographic: English
- Lung Cancer Infographic: English
- 81 Carcinogens in Cigarettes
- Video: Smoking Changes your Looks – CANSA
- Video: Smoking Damages you Inside Out – National Council Against Smoking
- Position Statement & Fact Sheet Cannabis
2. Decide to Quit:
Quitting tobacco use can have a positive effect on your health and lifestyle including:
- reducing the risk of cancer and respiratory diseases
- lowering heart rate and blood pressure
- breathing better and being able to walk without shortness of breath
- having more physical energy
- being a good role model for children & protecting them
- living a longer and healthier life
Read more benefits of quitting & see how long it takes for your body to recover…
Today is as good a time as any to make the choice to empower yourself and kick butt for a healthy and happy life. So:
- decide to quit
- set a quit date
- start mentally preparing yourself to quit
- make sure you have support to ensure you quit for good
3. Stay Tobacco-Free:
You will need support to break you addiction…
- Sign up for CANSA’s eKick Butt Programme – a unique online smoking cessation programme.
- Find additional support resources to help you quit for good here…
And if at first you don’t succeed, evaluate where you think things went wrong, put measures in place to prevent the same mistake into the future and most importantly, try, try and try again!
4. Play Your Part in Tobacco Control:
- Find out more about CANSA’s efforts regarding tobacco control in SA
- Know the law – it’s your right to a smoke-free world
- How to take action against those who break the law
Has Cancer Touched Your Life?
Cancer affects one in four South Africans, through diagnosis of family, friends, colleagues or self.
We want you to know that you are not alone and that we would like to support you and your loved ones, regardless of how cancer has touched your life.
Find info & online resources to help you fight cancer and please read more about CANSA’s Holistic Care & Support which is offered at our CANSA Care Centres countrywide.