GE Healthcare World No Tobacco Day Infographic

Every year on 31 May, World Health Organization (WHO) and many partners mark the World No Tobacco Day.

World No Tobacco Day, highlights the health risks associated with tobacco use and promotes policies to reduce tobacco consumption. We have often seen or heard campaigns for banning tobacco advertising, promotion and sponsorship.

Tobacco has been recognized as one of the main causes of cancer in the industrialized world. The rise in lung cancer in particular has been attributed to tobacco use and is one of the most widely known of tobacco's harmful effects on human health.

Worldwide, tobacco kills nearly six million people each year.

Why is it important to QUIT SMOKING?

20 minutes after your last cigarette, your heart rate will already start to drop back towards normal levels.

2 hours without a cigarette, your heart rate and blood pressure will have decreased to near normal levels.

12 hours after quitting smoking, the carbon monoxide in your body decreases to lower levels, and your blood oxygen levels increase to normal.

24 hours after quitting smoking, your risk of heart attack will already have begun to drop. The heart attack rate for smokers is 70 percent higher than for nonsmokers. 

48 hours without a cigarette, your nerve endings will start to re-grow, and your ability to smell and taste is enhanced.

After a couple of weeks, you'll be able to exercise and perform physical activities without feeling winded and sick.

We invite you to be part of this day in marking your activities on any Social Medias by using the #NoTobacco and #GetFit hashtags.