The World’s Health Organization chose the 31st of May every year to mark World No Tobacco Day (WNTD); this is to encourage a 24 hours abstinence from all forms of tobacco use worldwide and to raise awareness on the dangers of tobacco consumption and tobacco smoke on the health of people and the environment.
This year’s event will focus on the impact of tobacco on the health of people worldwide and how it increases the risks of cardiovascular diseases; the theme for this year is “Tobacco and heart disease”.
During this event, there will be an increased awareness of the link between tobacco and heart disease and other cardiovascular diseases like stroke. Cardiovascular diseases are the leading causes of deaths worldwide and tobacco use and exposure to second-hand smoke are responsible for 12% of all deaths caused by heart disease.
This is approximately six million deaths yearly and six hundred thousands of them are non-smokers which were just exposed to second-hand smoke.
Feasible actions will also be discussed and taken that will reduce the risks of heart disease caused by tobacco and protect people from using tobacco products. This event helps to propagate global initiatives that are aimed at reducing tobacco use and its impact on public health, and it will also encourage countries to implement tighter control on the use of tobacco and tobacco products.
Tobacco, tobacco products, and tobacco smoke are responsible for millions of deaths and health problems worldwide; there are the main causes of cancer, infertility, indigestion, toxicity, male infertility, digestive problems and other health problems. If you still smoke, quitting is advised as this will boost your health and improve the quality of your health.
Please visit the WHO website for more information of #WNTD 2018.