The World Health Organization (WHO) is encouraging everyone to observe a 24-hour period of abstinence from all forms of tobacco today. This is WORLD NO TOBACCO DAY!!!

I’m not going to lecture you about all the health risks of tobacco, but I am going to urge you to take part. I realize it’s a bit like asking me to give up my morning coffee every day. If you have a habit, whether it is coffee or tobacco, it takes determination and some plain old-fashioned willpower to overcome it. You have to want it bad enough.

If you have an addictive personality as I do, then you will have to be especially careful when giving up tobacco. It will be very easy for you to replace one bad habit with another. I quit smoking and started eating too much! There are a lot of products on the market designed to help people stop smoking – everything from pills to patches and more. Back when I quit there was not much help – it was either quit cold turkey or keep smoking. I quit cold turkey!

I will say that once I stopped smoking, food tasted better. Maybe that’s why I enjoyed food so much and gained weight! I know if I ever smoked another cigarette I would be sunk. I would be addicted all over again. Like a recovering alcoholic, I have to stay completely away from cigarettes. It’s difficult for me to be around people who smoke because if I got started I could not stop. Well, obviously I can, but it would not be as easy, or at least I don’t think it would.

I watched my brother-in-law battle oral cancer and ultimately die because of cigarettes. What a waste because he was such an intelligent person.

We all know the health risks associated with tobacco. If you are diabetic the risk is even greater. Do yourself a big favor and quit – just for today. Don’t say you’ll quit forever, but quit today. If you say you will not smoke every day then eventually you will be a non-smoker. It’s not easy, but it sure is worth it. ❤