This article is not related to music, but it express the personal point view of some of psybient.org team. We do think that Tobacco (but mostly commercially cigarettes) is incredibly nocive for the health and we do want people to be aware of the danger and quit smoking as soon as possible.
Today is World No Tobacco Day and it is a good moment to remind everybody about negative health effects of chemical ingridients added to cigarettes ! We can’t make you stop, but we can ask you to ! Be aware of Nicotine dependence (also called tobacco dependence). Is an addiction to tobacco products caused by the drug nicotine. Nicotine dependence means you can’t stop using the substance, even though it’s causing you harm. While it’s the nicotine in tobacco that causes nicotine dependence, the toxic effects of tobacco result from other substances in tobacco.
No matter how long you have smoked, stopping smoking can improve your health. Many effective treatments for nicotine dependence are available to help you stop smoking for good. Ask your doctor for help. Help yourself and help people around you.
Some of the negative health effects of tobacco:
- Dying Faster
- Cardiovascular disease
- Female infertility
World No Tobacco Day (WNTD) is observed around the world every year on May 31. It is intended to encourage a 24-hour period of abstinence from all forms of tobacco consumption across the globe. The day is further intended to draw global attention to the widespread prevalence of tobacco use and to negative health effects, which currently lead to 5.4 million deaths worldwide annually. The member states of the World Health Organization (WHO) created World No Tobacco Day in 1987. In the past twenty years, the day has been met with both enthusiasm and resistance across the globe from governments, public health organizations, smokers, growers, and the tobacco industry.
more info on World No Tobacco Day: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/World_No_Tobacco_Day
more info on health effects of tobacco: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Health_effects_of_tobacco
The problem is commercial chemical laden cigarettes, not tobacco, itself. We can sit here and go tat for tat on health problems, and health benefits of tobacco. But, a lot of the negatives you’ve listed already, are due to smoking the chemicals, and not tobacco itself.
No tobacco day alienates and shuns people’s who’s cultures have had a spiritual and healing relationship with tobacco for thousands of years. Just imagine trying to promote No Tobacco day to tribes in the Amazon, that use tobacco juice regularly as an anti-fungal and anti-parasitic medicine.
you are right, thus we corrected and added some information to article.
also keep in mind that our readers are 99% westerners and for them tobacco = cigarettes.
Maybe the name “No tobacco day” was not chosen correctly, we think that you can find a good use of every element of life, including tobacco, but here we try to bring attention to addiction that is incredible developed and present around us!
Thanks for the reply gagarin, and I appreciate your additions to the article. I understand that for most people reading this page, tobacco = cigarettes. That’s really unfortunate. Tobacco is a very powerful plant ally and teacher, that has many uses, among many indigenous cultures around the world.