World No Tobacco Day – May 31st, 2015

May 31st, 2015 is World Tobacco Day.  This years focus for World No Tobacco Day is to stop illicit trade of tobacco products.  According to the World Health Organization (WHO), “One in every 10 cigarettes, and many other tobacco products, consumed worldwide are illegal, making the illicit trade of tobacco products a major global concern from many perspectives, including health, legal, economic, governance and corruption.” Many young people experiment with tobacco because it is affordable.  Some illicit products mislead young users and involve children in illegal selling activities.  Every one in ten tobacco products consumed in the world is illegal.

NORNEW-12565-1_WHO_NoTobaccoDay_Poster_FA2http://www.who.int/campaigns/no-tobacco-day/2015/en/

The amount of tobacco used in a year has been decreasing, but it is still an issue. Over 600,000 people a year die from second hand smoke.  These are people who have done nothing themselves to increase their health risk from tobacco.  By reducing the amount of tobacco products used, we can reduce the amount of deaths from tobacco and second hand smoke.

For more information visit: http://www.who.int/campaigns/no-tobacco-day/2015/event/en/

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