World No Tobacco Day is a global initiative to spread awareness about the harmful effects of tobacco consumption, and to discourage the use of tobacco in all forms. Observed annually, the day primarily focuses on the impact of tobacco on public health, reduction of tobacco dependence, and promoting effective policies to curb tobacco consumption. It also highlights the significance of collective efforts by governments, public health organizations, and civil societies in achieving a tobacco-free world.
Established in 1987 by the World Health Assembly, World No Tobacco Day has become an essential movement to confront the worldwide smoking epidemic. In Canada, the observance of this day is crucial as recent reports reveal that approximately 45,000 Canadians die every year due to tobacco-related illness, with a substantial medical and economic burden on the nation's healthcare system. By participating in World No Tobacco Day, Canadians express their support for policies and strategies that encourage tobacco reduction, advance prevention measures, and prioritize public health over the interests of the tobacco industry.
On World No Tobacco Day in Canada, numerous activities take place across the country. Community-based organizations and healthcare providers often conduct awareness campaigns and educational programs to shed light on the health hazards associated with tobacco use, support tobacco users in their cessation journey, and demonstrate the importance of the Government's anti-tobacco efforts. Some public places even partake in observing a complete ban on tobacco sales and consumption to show solidarity. World No Tobacco Day is observed annually on the 31st of May in Canada, in accordance with the global schedule established by the World Health Organization (WHO).
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References and related siteswww.cdc.gov: Current Cigarette Smoking in the US www.lung.org: The Lung Org www.who.int: World No Tobacco Day Theme 2022 www.cdc.gov: CDC Smoking Stats 2022