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World No Tobacco Day

Sunday, May 31st is World No Tobacco Day. This day is sponsored by the World Health Organization and the theme for this year is “Tobacco Health Warnings.”

I used to teach classes to help people quit tobacco products. One of the parts of class that always got a big response from students was the pictures of body parts that became diseased from continued tobacco use. Here are some of the pictures that I showed them:

tumor on cheek

Gum Disease


facial disfigurement from smokeless tobacco


Good Lung        Smoker’s Lung


There is no debating that continued tobacco use is hazardous to your health. Using tobacco can cause numerous types of cancer, emphysema, heart disease, gastric and oral disorders, and a host of other diseases that are too many to name.

For many years, tobacco companies were able to market cigarettes and other tobacco products as glamorous and cool. As a matter of fact, there is actually a pack of cigarettes called “Kool.”

I once received coupons for cigarettes in the mail.

Now, there is U.S. legislation that seeks to regulate the marketing of tobacco products. A bill passed in the House that would restrict candy-flavored cigarettes and the marketing of tobacco products. It also would ban tobacco companies from saying that “mild” or “low-tar” cigarettes are less harmful. Warning labels will be required to be larger on cigarette cartons. This bill is waiting on approval from the U.S. Senate.

For those of you that may be wondering why it is wrong for tobacco companies to market a certain type of cigarette as low tar or mild, here is the reason. Persons that smoke low tar or mild cigarettes tend to smoke more cigarettes and inhale more deeply than those that do not smoke low tar or mild cigarettes.

I think that this legislation may not deter long-term smokers from smoking, but it will definitely affect those who are considering picking up the habit and those who have only been smoking for a short period of time.

What do you think? Do you think that larger warning labels will persuade people to stop smoking? Do you think that the government should ban candy-flavored cigarettes?

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  • Young Mom/Wife May 30, 2009, 4:05 PM

    I am so glad you found my blog! i am enjoying yours. What a great post on being Tobacco free! Where did you get your MPH?

  • Martha May 29, 2009, 7:06 PM

    Oh my, I feel really badly for the victims. If I had it my way, I’d ban cigarettes completely. They have no physical benefits so they have no purpose in our society 🙂

  • MOMSWEB May 29, 2009, 11:40 PM

    Good grief! Those are some nasty pictures, but the post is so needed.

  • Kennisha Hill May 29, 2009, 5:49 PM

    Awesome article Tonya! So needed too. I hope this really encourages people to turn away from tobacco usage. Our bodies are temples for the Lord and we should certainly take the best care of them.

    Have a great weekend!

    (BTW, feels like this week just flew by!)


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