World No Tobacco Day (WNTD) is an initiative run by the World Health Organization (WHO) to inform the public about the dangers of using tobacco and the widespread prevalence of tobacco use. Today, people across the globe are encouraged to abstain from all tobacco products in order to spread this important health message. And for GoHealth, this is an important initiative to help smokers quit and save money on their health insurance.
Research shows that smoking and tobacco use increases the likelihood of many illnesses, including heart attacks, strokes, Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD), emphysema, and many forms of cancer. According to WHO, the global tobacco epidemic kills nearly 6 million people each year. More than 600,000 of those people are non-smokers dying from breathing second-hand smoke.
The goals of the WNTD campaign are to:
- Raise awareness about how smoking and using tobacco products harm your health
- Demonstrate how the tobacco industry has been involved in the illicit trade of tobacco
- Highlight how the illicit trade of tobacco is a means for criminal groups to finance other organized crime
What’s more, smoking can affect your health insurance opportunities. If you have used tobacco four or more days per week over the past six months, you are considered a smoker under the Affordable Care Act. Smokers can be charged up to 50 percent more for their monthly premiums than non-smokers. In the end, not only is smoking costing you your health, but it’s also costing you money.
Are you a smoker? Join the movement by kicking your smoking habit starting today. Even if you are not a smoker, you can support the cause by sharing this important message with your friends and family who do smoke.
Take another step in protecting your health by getting health insurance coverage. Call 888-322-7557 to speak directly with one of GoHealth’s licensed agents, or start shopping online.