The focus of this year’s World No Tobacco Day, May 31, is on protecting young people from the marketing of big tobacco companies and helping them avoid using tobacco and nicotine.
Quitting is not easy, and yet it’s something every smoker has to eventually do if he or she wants to live a life that is not burdened by health problems. Tobacco smoking increases the risks of stroke, blindness, back pain, vascular diseases, heart diseases, hormonal imbalance and disorders, skin diseases — all apart from lung diseases and cancer.
According to WHO, tobacco use kills more than 8 million people around the world each year, a number that is predicted to grow unless anti-tobacco actions are increased. In the United States, tobacco use is the largest preventable cause of death and disease. It causes many types of cancer, as well as heart disease, stroke, lung disease, and other health problems.
The World Health Organisation passed a resolution in 1987 that announced April 7th, 1988 as ‘World No Smoking Day’. This was done to motivate people to prevent using tobacco for at least 24 hours. The aim behind this was to help those who are struggling to quit the use of tobacco. Later in the year 1988, this international organization passed another resolution that observed May 31st as the ‘World No Tobacco day.’ In fact, in 2008, the WHO banned any kind of advertisement or promotion about tobacco, thinking that probably the ads attract youth to indulge in smoking.
Present and future generations must be urgently protected from the devastating health, social, environmental, and economic consequences of tobacco consumption and exposure to tobacco smoke.