Today is World No Tobacco Day 2014 and the World Health Organization and many partners all over the globe will do their bit to raise awareness of the dangers of smoking. Every year the event has a theme, and this time the focus is to encourage a rise in taxes on tobacco to encourage people to give up the habit.
It’s not surprising that a day is set aside every year to draw attention to the dangers of smoking, as the use of tobacco is cited as the single most preventable cause of death globally. So when you see an ashtray with a fresh flower in it on the 31st, that’s a gentle nudge for you to give up the smoking for a day at least – who knows, it could even help you give up in the long term.
One place it’s harder than most to kick the habit is when away on your holidays. When you’re out to relax and indulge yourself, reaching for the cigarettes can be easier than it is in dreary old England. Cigarettes tend to be much cheaper outside of the UK and the fact that you can get a whole heap duty free means that you can be really proud if do you choose to give up on No Tobacco Day.
If cigarettes are too much of a temptation or you want to bring cigarettes back to the country for friends and family, make sure you are within the legal requirements set out by Customs or you could get yourself in all kinds of trouble. Remember in the EU you can bring an unlimited amount of most goods into the UK, like any alcohol, tobacco, meat or dairy products as long as they are for you or to be given as gifts, selling them is big no-no.
Outside the EU is trickier as anything in excess of the limit can be taxed, so watch out! If you want more information on how many cigarettes, bottles of alcohol or even airport chocolate and sweets you’re allowed then head the Thomas Cook’s Trip Tips page for handy round-up of what you can and can’t bring back to Britain.
So whether you’re at home and want a health kick, or travelling abroad and don’t want to get stung with massive taxes on your packets of cigarettes, maybe think about starting to put an end to your smoking habit on World No Tobacco Day!