World No Tobacco Day

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2024 Date31 May 2024
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World No Tobacco Day History

World No Tobacco Day (WNTD) is an annual observance aimed at raising awareness about the harmful effects of tobacco use and advocating for stricter tobacco control policies. The event's purpose is to highlight the health risks associated with tobacco consumption, emphasize the importance of reducing tobacco prevalence, and encourage individuals to quit tobacco. It also serves as an advocacy event, pushing for the implementation of effective national policies to counteract tobacco-promoting strategies devised by the tobacco industry.

The World No Tobacco Day was created in 1987 by the World Health Assembly, the decision-making body of the World Health Organization (WHO). India is a signatory to the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control. India recognizes this observance as an essential step in addressing the tobacco epidemic that is responsible for nearly 1.35 million deaths in the country each year. Tobacco consumption in India is a significant public health concern.

The observance of World No Tobacco Day in India often includes events such educational seminars, public debates, poster competitions, street plays, rallies, and awareness campaigns to foster dialogue about the dangers of tobacco usage. World No Tobacco Day is celebrated in India every year on May 31.

World No Tobacco Day facts

  • According to the World Health Organization, nearly 80% of the world's 1 billion smokers live in low and middle income countries.
  • Arsenic, lead, and tar are just three of the 7,000 chemicals that are found in tobacco smoke.
  • Globally, the prevalence of tobacco smoking is higher among men, with around 32% of men being smokers compared to approximately 9% of women.
  • India has one of the highest rates of oral cancer in the world due to the widespread consumption of smokeless tobacco products such as gutka and khaini. Oral cancer accounts for about 30% of all cancer cases in India.
  • Despite the harmful effects of tobacco on health, quit rates in India remain low. Around 55.6% of adults who smoke and 49.6% of smokeless tobacco users have attempted to quit but failed.

Top things to do in India for World No Tobacco Day

  • Educate youth and teenagers in your neighborhood about the negative effects of smoking and encourage them to quit if they have already picked up the habit. The best way to eradicate smoking is by educating the new generation of the negative effects of tobacco use.
  • Volunteer for the Freedom from Smoking program or another like program that helps smokers quit.
  • Watch a documentary to learn about the dangers of tobacco and its' impact on India. Here are our top picks:
    1. Burning Bodies, Profits: Journeyman Pictures (2015) - This documentary investigates the devastating impact of tobacco usage in India, exploring how tobacco use has been linked to numerous health problems and showcasing some of the worst-affected regions in the country.
    2. India's Tobacco Crisis: The Real News Network (2014) - This documentary seeks to expose the tobacco industry's tactics and explore why tobacco use remains so prevalent in India, despite the known dangers.
    3. Tobacco: The Silent Killer (2015) - Produced by DD News, this documentary discusses the hazards of tobacco usage in India and emphasizes the importance of promoting awareness and implementing preventive measures.
    4. Tobacco Kills: Al Jazeera (2010) - This short documentary explores the huge tobacco industry and the devastating consequences it has on the health of India's citizens, as well as the challenges faced by anti-tobacco activists.
  • Read a book to learn more about the dangers of tobacco in India. Here are our suggestions:
    1. Tobacco Counters Health: Designing An Effective Tobacco Control Programme for India edited by K. Srinath Reddy – This book discusses the tobacco epidemic in India, its associated health risks, and strategies for effective tobacco control in the country.
    2. Tobacco War: Inside The California Battles by Stanton A. Glantz and Edith D. Balbach - This book is especially relevant given the critical roles that Indian film actors have played in the promotion of tobacco use.
    3. Tobacco and Areca Nut by Prakash C. Gupta, Cecily S. Ray, and A. Radhakrishna Rao - This book specifically discusses the problems associated with smokeless tobacco and areca nut consumption, which are widespread in India.

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