National No Smoking Day is marked annually on every second Wednesday of March, and this year it falls on March 9.

The day is aimed at reaching out to friends or family members, who suffer from nicotine addiction. On this day, raise awareness and urge your loved ones to quit smoking, which not only causes lung infections but also causes cardiovascular diseases, including heart attacks and stroke.

According to the World Health Organization, tobacco kills more than 8 million people each year and more than 7 million of these deaths are the result of direct tobacco use.

"Tobacco use has declined markedly since 2000" but "the reduction is insufficient to meet globally agreed targets aimed at protecting people from death and suffering from cardiovascular and other non-communicable diseases (NCDs)," the WHO said.

Here are some quotes, courtesy Brainy Quotes, on smoking to share today:

1. “The true face of smoking is disease, death, and horror - not the glamor and sophistication the pushers in the tobacco industry try to portray.” — David Byrne

2. “Tobacco is the only industry that produces products to make huge profits and at the same time damage the health and kill their consumers.” — Margaret Chan

3. “The culture is about moving to a place where tobacco and smoking isn't part of normal life: people don't encounter it normally, they don't see it in their big supermarkets, they don't see people smoking in public places, they don't see tobacco vending machines.” — Andrew Lansley

4. “I've chosen to get the word out to women, especially young women, that tobacco is not glamorous - it's addictive and smoking takes a serious toll on your health.” — Mena Suvari

5. “Cigars, cigarettes, and hookah tobacco are all smoked tobacco — addictive and deadly. We need effective action to protect our kids from struggling with a lifelong addiction to nicotine.” — Tom Frieden

6. “Tobacco smoke contains chemicals that weaken the body's immune system, making it more susceptible to disease and handicapping its ability to destroy cancer cells.” — Michael Greger

7. Cigarette: A fire at one end, a fool at the other, and a bit of tobacco in between. – Anonymous

8. If we lose the battle against tobacco, we will lose the war against cancer. – Anonymous

9. "It takes a lot of dedication to quit smoking, and whether you give up for good on your first try or have to give it a couple of tries - just keep swinging at it and you will succeed." — Harmon Killebrew

10. Take your life back from the tobacco companies. They don’t own you anymore. – Duane Alan Hahn

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Quit smoking to boost your reproductive system. Tumisu/ Pixabay