Each year, millions of people across an entire country rise up together for one day. Their goal: to stop people from smoking. For nearly 35 years, the U.K. has tirelessly celebrated national No Smoking Day on the second Wednesday of March– traditionally also known as Ash Wednesday, the First Day of Lent for many Christians. Much like Lent asks Christians to give up a vice for 40 days, No Smoking Day asks people to give up their smoking habit– but this time, for life.
Since 1983, the British National Health Service (NHS) has presented a variety of arguments against tobacco abuse to U.K. citizens on No Smoking Day– and one of latest might surprise you. The NHS recently released information suggesting that smoking costs the government agency more than £5 billion a year– up to five times as much as was previously thought. This puts a serious burden on the agency, and could easily result in higher taxes, increased medical costs, and higher health care waiting times for patients across the country.
As late as 2005, over 100,000 deaths/year occurred as a direct result of smoking–and, while that number fell to 78,000 by 2014, it’s still astronomical for a country of the U.K.’s size. This means that anyone considering quitting should take action (and get help) before it’s too late. To assist current smokers who are interested in quitting, the NHS holds local outreach events throughout the U.K. in hospitals, at community centers, and at the headquarters of private companies with a significant number of employees. These events help promote many of the agency’s assistance programs– such as a confidential stop smoking helpline and free nicotine replacement products.
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6 million preventable deaths per year are caused by cigarettes worldwide– significantly more than cocaine, heroin, prescription painkillers and even alcohol. While it might be difficult to overdose on cigarettes, the damage it causes to the human body is unmistakable– and with lung diseases, cancer, emphysema and a variety of other disorders caused by smoking, tobacco-related illnesses can be slow, painful, and extremely debilitating.
The real source of damage, however, isn’t in the cigarette– it’s in the human mind. Smokers, much like the users of other drugs, face a serious brain disease, and quitting isn’t easy, even for those who badly want to. Gettreatment.com understands that addiction can often feel like an uphill battle– and that’s why we’re so passionate about helping others get treatment for substance use related disorders.
At Gettreatment.com, our directory of accredited drug and alcohol rehabilitation centers offers a wide selection of care options for patients in every stage of the addiction recovery process. With medical detoxes, inpatient and outpatient programs, sober living arrangements, and other care options, we work hard to find the program, facility, and treatment that will best fit a patient’s individual needs.
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