World Health Organisation (WHO) has defined smoking as an addictive disease. Cigarette smoke contains over 4,800 chemicals, 69 of which are known to cause cancer. Among people who have ever smoked, 50% started smoking regularly at age 18 or younger, and 22% believe that smoking is not a big risk.
KULT’s peer educators celebrated World No Tobacco Day which took place on 31 May, supporting the worldwide campaign against smoking within the scope of the project “My Rights, My Decision,” implemented by Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) and supported by Bayer HealthCare. This event took place in the schoolyard of The Fourth Gymnasium Ilidza, from 12:00 to 14:00 hours. The peer educators distributed promotional materials and shared with young people alarming facts about cigarette smoke, cancer-causing chemicals in cigarettes and that each cigarette shortens the life of the smoker by around 7 minutes.
Those who have tried to quit smoking know that this cannot be done easily. However, let this day be the opportunity for all smokers to think about harmful consequences of cigarette smoking and whether this habit is worth damaging their health and the health of people surrounding them.