Every year on May 31, the World Health Organisation and its international allies commemorate World No Tobacco Day. It endeavors to increase public awareness of the negative health effects of smoking.
On this day, several international institutions, including the United Nations, promote the adoption of strong government policies to lower tobacco consumption in every corner of the world.
THEME OF WORLD NO-TOBACCO DAY
The focus of World No Tobacco Day 2023 is on GROW FOOD, NOT TOBACCO. The goal of the global 2023 campaign is to raise knowledge of alternative crop production and marketing opportunities to motivate tobacco growers to create nutrient-dense, sustainable crops.
WHY IS MAY 31st NO TOBACCO DAY?
In 1987, the World Health Organisation passed a resolution calling for the establishment of a global day of action to combat tobacco use. On May 31st, 1988, the inaugural World No Tobacco Day was observed. Tobacco or health: Choosing health was the topic of the first year.
The goal of World No Tobacco Day, observed on May 31, is to increase public awareness of the harmful health impacts of tobacco smoking and to promote sensible government initiatives to do so. Consuming tobacco negatively impacts not just the health of users and the farmers who grow it, but also destroys forests.
MEGHALAYA WINS AWARD FROM WHO-
In recognition of its initiatives and achievements in the field of tobacco control, the World Health Organisation has given Meghalaya the coveted World No Tobacco Day (WNTD) Award-2023. Meghalaya's State Tobacco Control Cell (STCC) will receive the distinction for its achievements.
All schools in Meghalaya are invited to take part in two events: a march against tobacco use and a signature-gathering drive. The 31st of May is observed each year as World No Tobacco Day.
Anti-Tobacco Day is a day set aside to raise awareness of the terrible effects that tobacco has on people, families, and communities. It attempts to support smokers who want to stop and discourage young people from picking up the habit.
Anti-Tobacco Day is crucial in lowering the burden of tobacco-related diseases and fostering a healthy society through encouraging awareness and tobacco control initiatives.
Tobacco Use in India
The worldwide adult tobacco survey India 2016–17 found that 267 million adults, or 29% of all adults, use tobacco. Smokeless tobacco is the most popular type of tobacco used in India, and the most popular products include khaini, gutkha, betel quid with tobacco, and zarda. Bidi, cigarettes, and hookahs are the three common smoking tobacco products.
So let's participate in this awareness drive and cut down on cigarette use. Let's create a happy world where people can live.
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