WORLD NO TOBACCO DAY: Just say no to smoking!

Author(s): Harish Monga DidoAfter reading the few facts about the side-effects of use of tobacco, I don’t think one would like to hold that white stick between his index finger and the middle finger and carelessly let out smoke? If you...

WORLD NO TOBACCO DAY: Just say no to smoking!
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After reading the few facts about the side-effects of use of tobacco, I don’t think one would like to hold that white stick between his index finger and the middle finger and carelessly let out smoke? If you still persist to smoking, then your life is going to be shortened. Don’t smoke as a fashion or habit but give it up for the sake of your children, family members and for the development of the nation and above all to  enjoy this beautiful privileged life.

World No Tobacco Day is one of many other world health awareness days throughout the year organised by the WHO, including World Mental Health Day, World AIDS Day, and World Blood Donor Day, among others.

Every year “World No Tobacco Day’ is celebrated at various schools, colleges and institutions, as rituality with the aim to spread awareness about the ills of tobacco consumption, but do we actually understand its importance? As a formality, pledge is also undertaken on this day to quit smoking on this day and forget it just the next day?

World No Tobacco Day is observed around the world every year on May 31. It is intended to encourage a 24-hour period of abstinence from all forms of tobacco consumption across the globe. The day is further intended to draw global attention to the widespread prevalence of tobacco use and to negative health effects, which currently lead to 5.4 million deaths worldwide annually. The member states of the World Health Organisation (WHO) created World No Tobacco Day in 1987. In the past twenty years, the day has been met with both enthusiasm and resistance across the globe from governments, public health organisations, smokers, growers, and the tobacco industry.

Approximately 5.5 million people die around the world every year - with India accounting for nearly a fifth of this. According to Global Adult Tobacco Survey (GATS) - India 2010, tobacco use is a major preventable cause of death and disease and is responsible 1 in 10 deaths among adults worldwide.

According to Shekhar Salkar, general secretary of National Organisation for Tobacco Eradication (NOTE)-India, "Everyday, almost 2,500 people die in India due to consumption of tobacco and smoking. Many people even suffer from asthma and bronchitis, other than cancer and heart attacks."
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Date: 
Friday, May 31, 2013