by Umar Shafiq Khanday
Tobacco is deadly in any form and threatens the lung health of everyone exposed to it. Tobacco kills one person every four seconds.
World No Tobacco Day is observed around the world every year on May 31. The Member States of the World Health Organization (WHO) created this in 1987 to draw global attention to the tobacco epidemic and the preventable death and disease it causes.
In 1987, the World Health Assembly passed a Resolution calling for April 7, 1988, to be the World No-Smoking Day. In 1988, a Resolution was passed, calling for the celebration of World No Tobacco Day, every year on May 31.
It aims to reduce deaths from tobacco-related health problems. World No Tobacco Day is a very famous event organized by the WHO. It is a major event that helps people to understand the worse effects of tobacco on the person and their family members. The event organizer mostly encourages smokers to stop having tobacco for better lives. Also, the organizer encourages smokers to not smoke for twenty-four hours for at least one day. You should probably check the following given three sets of ten points, which will help to motivate smokers to quit Tobacco on the day of World No Tobacco Day.
Tobacco is the second major cause of death in the world. It is well known that half the people who smoke regularly today – about 650 million people – will eventually be killed by tobacco. Equally alarming is the fact that hundreds of thousands of people who have never smoked die each year from diseases caused by passive smoking.
This yearly celebration informs the public on the dangers of using tobacco; the business practices of tobacco companies; what WHO is doing to fight the tobacco epidemic, and what people around the world can do to claim their right to health and healthy living and to protect future generations.
Tobacco products kill more than eight million people every year. Tobacco and related industries must continuously find new consumers to replace the ones that their products are killing to maintain revenue. Tobacco companies spent over eight billion in marketing and advertising and the world lost eight million lives from causes related to tobacco use and exposure to second-hand smoke.
We want to create a generation that is free from tobacco and second-hand smoke and the death and disease that they cause.
Tobacco use is believed to be responsible for 25 per cent of all cancer deaths globally. Use of nicotine and tobacco products increases the risk of cancer, cardiovascular and pulmonary disease.
Newer tobacco products contain chemicals similar to those in traditional tobacco products and are harmful to health. Respiratory diseases are among the leading causes of death globally, and tobacco is a major risk factor. The millions of deaths caused by the tobacco-related respiratory disease are distressing, but even more distressing is the tremendous suffering caused by these illnesses, the debilitating effects of which affect the quality of life of people of all ages, in all regions of the globe.
Take an active stance against teen smoking. Participate in local and school-sponsored smoking prevention campaigns. Support efforts to make public places smoke-free and increase taxes on tobacco products. Talk to your teen early and often about the dangers of smoking and vaping.
Teen smoking might begin innocently, but it can become a long-term problem. In fact, most adult smokers started smoking as teens. Teen smoking is more common among teens whose parents smoke. If you smoke, quit. Ask your doctor about ways to stop smoking.
(The author is a student of BSc Nursing at Pacific Institute of Medical Sciences, Udaipur. The opinions expressed in this article are those of the author’s and do not purport to reflect the opinions or views of Kashmir Life.)