May 31, 2020
World No Tobacco Day will take place on 31 May and this year it will be a day dedicated to young people and their protection. We wanted to give you our advices, for the occasion, to protect the young people close to you.
Younger people can be influenced and may be more sensitive to the tobacco industry's communications. But don't panic, it is possible to help them get out of their addiction through various means, we enlighten you!
According to WHO figures, more than 10% of 13-15 year olds have already used tobacco.
As a result of ongoing efforts over the years, the number of young smokers has decreased. However it is a public at risk: fashionable effect for cigarettes, trendy objects such as the electronic cigarette, etc, we must continue our efforts to raise awareness among this population. It is with this in objective that World No Tobacco Day 2020 will be a day dedicated to young people!
This is why we want to help you if you are one of the young smokers or if you are close to one of them. To do so, we will present you ways of quitting that may be more adapted to this new generation.
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Withdrawal methods other than tobacco specialists or nicotine substitutes will certainly be just as effective in helping young people. Here are a few examples of solutions that can help you or someone close to you who smokes:
First of all, a good preparation is an important phase: a motivations list, anticipation of difficult moments or the support of your family and friends are all things that will help you to start your withdrawal serenely. Many people are apprehensive about change and this is completely normal. Going through a preparation phase will help you not to stress or worry beforehand. This is why we imagine withdrawal like a trip: you need preparation to travel with tranquility. If you would like more advice on this subject, see our article Preparing to quit smoking during confinement.
You can try to challenge yourself by quitting smoking with a partner through a game, we explain. Every day you will write down in your phone or a notebook how many cigarettes you have smoked during the day. When the evening comes, do your count. Whoever smokes the fewest cigarettes wins the round! Thanks to the competition, you will naturally reduce the number of cigarettes smoked per day. If your partner is a non-smoker, he or she will give a daily estimate of your cigarette consumption and will win the round if the number is right, more or less one cigarette. Bonus! You can give a token to whoever loses. 😉
Use a mobile application: an application has the advantage of always being available and accessible from your phone. This is the case of Kwit which is available on Android and iPhone. The strength of Kwit is that it is based on scientific foundations such as Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies, gamification and positive reinforcement. For more information on how the application works, click here! In partnership with the French National Cancer Institute, we have also developed a module on our application for young people in professional high schools. This is reserved for students in participating schools. All the necessary information on this program is available on the Tabado website.
We hope we have been able to give you the first keys to start your smoking cessation or helping a young person quit. We are speaking to you in the context of World No Tobacco Day, which is a day dedicated to young people, but the path to a life without tobacco is a path that must be followed every day and we will be there to accompany you.
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