World No Tobacco Day – May 31, 2013

World No Tobacco Day – May 31, 2013

According to a study in the Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, more smokers are now aware of anti-smoking messages in the media, which drastically increases their probabilities of quitting. Data in the study was provided by 17 countries, including Bangladesh, Brazil, China, Egypt, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Mexico, Philippines, Poland, Romania, Russia, Thailand, Turkey, Ukraine, Uruguay, and Vietnam. The study is now available at the following website:

www.cdc.gov/mmwr/

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This year, World No Tobacco Day was on May 31st. Created by the World Health Organization and celebrated annually, this day is intended to highlight the effects that tobacco use can have on health.  While approximately 6 million people die each year from tobacco use, an estimated 2 million more will die by 2030 – a total of 8 million lives per year. In concordance, nearly 600,000 people die a year due to exposure to secondhand smoke, all of which are preventable.

In an attempt to improve the public’s health, WHO concocted a treaty that utilizes multiple measures to make tobacco less appealing. Some of these techniques involve requiring communities to provide the public with information regarding the health effects and consequences of tobacco use, as well as creating messages in the media about not smoking. Many countries around the world have already banned commercials that advertise tobacco products, and many others are currently advocating for their elimination.

 

Visit the following websites for more information:

http://www.who.int/campaigns/no-tobacco-day/2013/en/index.html

http://whyquit.com/world_no_tobacco_day.html

 

 

Sources:

http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/preview/mmwrhtml/mm6221a1.htm?s_cid=mm6221a1_e

http://www.who.int/campaigns/no-tobacco-day/2013/en/index.html

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