No Smoking Day started out in 1984 and has grown in size and scope since then. It is celebrated in communities across the world trying to educate more people every year. Why is it so important to have a day set aside for this? Over the last few decades, it has become very clear how terribly dangerous smoking is. There are toxins in them that cause many different forms of cancer from the mouth to the lungs.
So each year there is a new short theme that can be used in advertising and media to help get the word out. The theme for this year's No Smoking Day on 13 March is #TellUsYourWay, urging people to tell friends and family the day that they have chosen to stop smoking and how they are going to do it. The idea is that by working out what is the best option for the individual and having the appropriate level of support, the chances of quitting for good are higher.
The best way you can celebrate No Smoking Day if you are a smoker is to take the opportunity to choose to quit. It may not be easy but it is clearly worth it as you will improve your health within hours and days of stopping. The day can be celebrated by those who are concerned about someone they love by offering them access to resources that can help. There are support groups, over the counter cessation aides, and phone numbers to people who can just talk to them. Be supportive in offering resources and you may find that this year will be the year that your loved one is ready to quit.