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.
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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