Today, the 31st of May every year, the world celebrates World No Tobacco Day. This day aims on abstaining from all forms of tobacco for twenty-four hours worldwide. This day also aims, more importantly, to draw attention around the world to control the use of tobacco and the negative health effects that result from it, which has certainly led to death in various regions.
Smoking is considered the most important major cause of avoidable death globally, as it is currently the only cause of death and leads to the death of one in ten smokers. According to the World Health Organization, if the necessary precautions were not taken, smoking will claim the lives of eight million smokers every year until 2030. On this “World No Tobacco Day”, the organization stressed on the tobacco companies the need not to target young people and not to use roundabout methods to encourage them to smoke. The World Health Organization estimated the number of adolescents smoking at 44 million adolescents under the age of fifteen years. In addition to the large numbers of pre-teenage children who do smoke. The organization denounced the method of misleading adolescents and warned that smoking kills half of the smokers.
In 1987 the World Health Assembly declared a resolution requesting that the 7th of April of every year be designated as “World No Tobacco Day”. This encouraging behavior was intended to help anyone trying to stop using tobacco.
In 1988, the Organization issued a second resolution asking to celebrate the “World No Tobacco Day”, on the 31st of May of each year instead, and make this day every year linked to a different topic related to smoking.
In 2008, on the night of World No Tobacco Day, the World Health Organization called for a global ban on all advertising, promotion, and support for smoking. So this initiative is meant to focus on advertising efforts directed at young people. The member states of the World Health Organization have approved the “World No Tobacco Day”. During the previous years, this day was greeted with both enthusiasm and opposition by various countries, public health organizations, smokers and farmers, as well as the tobacco industry.
Since the year 1988, the World Health Organization has given many awards to organizations or individuals who have made exceptional efforts to reduce smoke consumption. “World No Tobacco Day” prizes are awarded to individuals from six different places in the world: Africa, the Americas, the Middle East, Europe, South-East Asia, and the Western Pacific, while the Director-General prizes and certificates of appreciation are awarded to people from different regions around the world.
Facts about smoking:
- Smoking has a huge negative effect on the lung and may cause: lung cancer, chronic lung disease, and tuberculosis.
- Smoking kills half of all smokers.
- Smoking kills about 7 million people around the world every year.
- Smoking is one of the most alarming global problems affecting public health.
“World No Tobacco Day” Date:
May 31, corresponding to Ramadan 26, 1440 AH.
Objectives of the “World No Tobacco Day”:
- Raising awareness of the dangers of smoking in all its forms and passive smoking.
- Awareness of the dangers of tobacco on lung health.
- Awareness of the actual dangers of smoking, and that it may be a cause of death in many cases.
- The importance of lung health and general health.
World No Tobacco Day slogan:
(Make every day World No Tobacco Day)
The importance of combating smoking:
The World Health Organization has identified the importance of combating smoking as helping to achieve other global goals:
- Saving people and reducing health inequalities.
- Attempt to remedy the negative environmental impact of tobacco cultivation, manufacture, trade, and consumption.
- End poverty, help end hunger, encourage sustainable agriculture and economic growth and combat climate change.
- Imposing higher taxes on tobacco products could pump money into health care and other government development programs.
Conclusion... World No Tobacco Day is a great opportunity to educate individuals wherever they are in the world about the dire consequences of smoking on their health and financial situation, but the dilemma remains in convincing the manufacturers and farmers for whom tobacco is the main source of income; as it is difficult for them to abandon the cultivation of this dangerous substance.