Social awareness can help quit smoking - UAE INFO

Jan 29, 2009

Social awareness can help quit smoking

It is time to put an end to the habit of smoking!

There may be various reasons why people begin smoking. However, once one has identified the trigger for this habit, it will be much easier to break it.

Smoking is classified as one of the main causes of cancer, a disease which has unfortunately become very common in these times. However, I believe that social awareness can prevent the spreading of such habits to a great extent.

Recently, I happened to see a poster at the entrance of a prominent shopping centre in Muscat, Oman.

The poster clearly states that no cigarettes will be sold to those below 18 years of age. I have not seen similar awareness drives in the city's retail outlets, nor anywhere else, in the past. Such initiatives by organisers is highly appreciated. These types of campaigns would definitely serve to alert the general public about the harmful effects of smoking. Simultaneously, it can prevent the cigarette sales to youngsters.

In many countries, I believe smoking has been banned from places such as public transport depots, cinemas and other public properties. However, recent statistics from the World Health Organisation (WHO) indicate that more and more young people are becoming addicted to smoking, which is alarming.

An important point is that individuals must understand the pros and cons of their habits. The emotional remunerations of quitting bad practices are increased confidence and self-esteem. Additionally, one can revel in the knowledge that one has will power. The physical benefits of quitting smoking include being able to breathe easy, and a decreased risk of acquiring a serious illness.

On a larger level, one would be able to support the society by contributing to a cleaner and fresher atmosphere.

People should be aware of the fact that they are in control of their actions. With a positive attitude, one can stay away from smoking and enjoy life's precious moments as a non-smoker!

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