The 31st May is the World Health Organisation’s ‘World No Tobacco Day’.
Tobacco use is among the leading preventable causes of death in the world. The WHO claims that nearly 6 million people a year die from tobacco. Of those, 600 000 are non-smokers who are exposed to second hand smoke.
The Centre for Disease Constrol states that:
- The adverse health effects from cigarette smoking account for an estimated 443,000 deaths, or nearly one of every five deaths, each year in the United States.2,3
- More deaths are caused each year by tobacco use than by all deaths from human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), illegal drug use, alcohol use, motor vehicle injuries, suicides, and murders combined.2,4
- Smoking causes an estimated 90% of all lung cancer deaths in men and 80% of all lung cancer deaths in women.1
- An estimated 90% of all deaths from chronic obstructive lung disease are caused by smoking.1
As Chiropractors, we know that many factors affect our health and we deal with the adverse affects of many different stressors on the body every day. Living a healthy lifestyle involves approaching health from a number of different angles. What goes in to our bodies in the form of food, drink or other chemicals is just one factor that has an impact on our health. Smoking affects every system of the body and will cause ill health even when other healthy activities are pursued.
Chiropractic adjustments aim to strengthen the body and improve its ability to deal with the daily stress it is exposed to. Even in the face of severe ill health Chiropractic can be beneficial in helping the body function at its best possible level.
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For more on WHO’s No Tobacco Day see www.who.int/tobacco