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World No Tobacco Day is an event that seeks to raise awareness about the dangers of tobacco use and the importance of advocating for policies to reduce consumption. Several programs are organised by the World Health Organisation (WHO) to highlight the harmful effects of smoking and second-hand smoke exposure, as well as the measures that can be taken to combat this public health issue.
The first World No Tobacco Day was held in 1987, stemming from the WHO's World Health Assembly's resolution in 1986 to focus on the global tobacco epidemic. With approximately 78,000 smoking-related deaths each year, an estimated 1 in 4 cancer cases across the UK are attributed to tobacco use. Smoking is identified as the leading preventable cause of illness, disability and premature death in the UK.
To mark the observance of World No Tobacco Day in the United Kingdom, events such as public awareness campaigns, educational programs in schools, and support groups for quitting smoking are organized. National health charities and local NHS trusts often work together to ensure a wide-reaching impact beyond World No Tobacco Day itself. Observed annually on the 31st of May, this event presents an ideal opportunity for British citizens to commit to a healthier, tobacco-free lifestyle and create broader positive changes within society.
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