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May 31 is world no tobacco day sponsored yearly, since 1987 by the Member States of the World Health Organization.

World No Tobacco Day every year informs the public on the dangers of using tobacco, the business practices of tobacco companies, what the world Health organization is doing to fight the tobacco epidemic, and what people around the world can do to claim their right to health and healthy living and to protect future generations.

This year’s theme is prevention of smoking by our youth and awareness of how tobacco companies market to younger generations.

This year, the World Health Organization is encouraging efforts that empower young people to stand up to big tobacco companies by resisting their ads and marketing and refusing to use any tobacco or nicotine products including e-cigarettes and other vaping devices.

Here are 5 reasons your urologist may tell you not to smoke according to the Urology Care Foundation:

 

  1. Bladder Cancer: May is bladder cancer awareness month. This year over 80,000 will be told they have bladder cancer. Smoking causes harmful chemicals to collect in the urine. These chemicals affect the lining of the bladder and significantly raise your bladder cancer risk. 
  2. Erectile Dysfunction impacts 20-30 million American men. Erectile Dysfunction is most commonly a result of poor blood flow to the penis. Smoking harms blood vessels, mostly arterial health, which impacts the blood flow to the penis with the result in not being able to get or keep an erection firm enough for sexual intercourse.
  3. Kidney Cancer. Kidney Cancer is in the top ten most common cancers for men and women, combining for more than 70,000 cases of kidney cancer expected this year. When smoking, carcinogens are drawn into the lungs and then into the bloodstream where they are filtered by the kidneys. The harmful chemicals increase your risk of getting kidney cancer.
  4. Incontinence, urine leaking, and Overactive Bladder (OAB), impact more than 33 million men and women. The chemicals from smoking and vaping bother the bladder and can contribute frequent urination. Smoking can also cause coughing spasms that can lead to urine leakage.
  5. Smoking can harm the eggs in the female and sperm in the male. The infertility rate for smokers is twice the rates for those who do not smoke. 

You don't have to do it alone. Your family, your friends, and your doctors will help you.

Get ready.  Set a date to quit. Get support and seek help.

The national tobacco quit line: 1-800-QUIT NOW (1-800-784-8669).

Free smartphone and tablet apps are available. Try the National Cancer Institute's QuitPal.

Websiters such as Smokefree.gov offers a ton of support and resources including a text messaging program called SmokefreeTXT.

 

 

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