Tobacco is the leading underlying single cause of death worldwide. World No Tobacco Day, which falls on the 31st May, is organized by the World Health Organisation to raise awareness of the devastating effects of tobacco on health and to advocate the implementation of policies aimed at reducing tobacco consumption.
WHO encourages governments worldwide to protect people from the harms of tobacco. Measures include:
- The creation of smoke-free public places, workplaces, and public transportation
- Help for people who choose to quit tobacco, such as toll-free quit lines
- Implementation of plain packaging and/or prominent and graphic health warnings on tobacco packaging
- Launching effective anti-tobacco mass media campaigns that educate the public about the harms of tobacco use and second-hand smoke exposure
- Enforcement of comprehensive bans on tobacco advertising, promotion, and sponsorship
- Increased taxes on tobacco products to make them less affordable
Quitting tobacco is not easy, but it can be done. Whether you’re a smoker, someone who uses smokeless tobacco, or someone trying to help a friend or loved one, you’ll find the information you need in this section.
Dr. Animesh Arya shares his thoughts and experience.