World No-Tobacco Day 2024: 8 foods that help fight tobacco addiction – The Times of India

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What is World No-Tobacco Day?
World No-Tobacco Day is an annual event observed on May 31st, created by the World Health Organization (WHO) in 1987. The day aims to highlight the health risks associated with tobacco use and to advocate for effective policies to reduce tobacco consumption globally. Each year, World No-Tobacco Day focuses on a specific theme, addressing various aspects of tobacco control and the detrimental effects of tobacco on health, the environment, and society.
Theme for 2024: As per reports, this year’s theme for World No Tobacco Day 2024 is ‘protecting children from tobacco industry interference.’ The motive is to urge governments across the world to adopt policies that protect young people from manipulative practices.

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Objectives of World No-Tobacco Day:
Raise awareness: One of the objectives is to educate the public about the dangers of tobacco use and the health issues it causes, such as cancer, heart disease, respiratory problems, and more.
Also Read: 8 best and worst foods for people trying to quit tobacco
Encourage quitting: The day also helps motivate individuals to quit smoking and provide information on resources and support systems available to help them.
Promote policies: At global level, the day advocate for the implementation of effective tobacco control policies, including higher taxes on tobacco products, advertising bans, plain packaging, and smoking bans in public places.
Support prevention: The day also highlights the importance of preventing the initiation of tobacco use, especially among young people.
Scroll down to learn about the foods that can help fight tobacco addiction among youths.
Fruits and Vegetables: As per studies, fresh fruits and vegetables, especially those rich in vitamin C like oranges, strawberries, and bell peppers, can help reduce cravings and improve overall health. They also help to detoxify the body and replenish essential nutrients depleted by smoking.

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Ginger: Chewing on raw ginger or drinking ginger tea can help alleviate withdrawal symptoms such as nausea and cravings.
Whole Grains: Foods like oatmeal, brown rice, and whole wheat bread provide long-lasting energy and help maintain stable blood sugar levels, reducing the urge to smoke.
Nuts and Seeds: Nuts and seeds like almonds, sunflower seeds, and flaxseeds are rich in healthy fats and proteins, which can help stabilize blood sugar levels and reduce nicotine cravings.
Milk and Dairy Products: Some studies also suggest that consuming milk or dairy products can make cigarettes taste unpleasant, which may reduce the desire to smoke.

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Ginseng: Ginseng has been shown to help reduce the effects of nicotine, decrease cravings, and improve energy levels.
Water: Staying hydrated is crucial. Drinking plenty of water helps flush toxins out of the body, reduces withdrawal symptoms, and can help keep your hands and mouth busy.
Herbal Teas: Herbal teas such as chamomile and green tea can have calming effects and help manage stress and anxiety, common triggers for smoking.
Note: As per experts, incorporating these foods into your diet can be a smart and healthy way to boost overall strategy to quit smoking. However, it is always suggested to combine these changes with a comprehensive plan that may include behavioral therapy, support groups, and possibly medication as advised by a healthcare professional.
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