Updated May 31st, 2024 at 09:37 IST

Anti-Tobacco Day: A Global Initiative To Combat Tobacco Use

Anti-Tobacco Day raises awareness about tobacco's harms, promotes quitting, and advocates for policies to reduce tobacco use globally.

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Anti-Tobacco Day, also known as World No Tobacco Day, is observed as a global initiative led by the World Health Organization (WHO) to raise awareness about the harmful effects of tobacco use and to advocate for effective policies to reduce tobacco consumption. The day is observed to educate the public about the health risks associated with tobacco use, including smoking and smokeless tobacco products, and highlight the importance of quitting tobacco and encourage governments, organisations, and individuals to take action against tobacco use.

Celebrated around the world every year on May 31, World No Tobacco Day was created by the Member States of WHO in 1987 to draw global attention to the tobacco epidemic and the preventable death and disease it causes.

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History and Significance

The origins of World No Tobacco Day date back to 1987 when the World Health Assembly passed Resolution WHA40.38, calling for April 7, 1988, to be "a world no-smoking day." This initial resolution aimed to provide a single day for people to abstain from smoking and to raise global awareness about the tobacco epidemic. The following year, in 1988, the World Health Assembly passed another resolution, WHA 42.19, designating May 31 as World No Tobacco Day, to be observed annually.

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Anti-Tobacco Day serves as a reminder of the devastating impact of tobacco on individuals, families, and communities. It aims to encourage smokers to quit and to prevent young people from starting the habit. By raising awareness and promoting tobacco control measures, Anti-Tobacco Day plays a vital role in reducing the burden of tobacco-related diseases and promoting a healthier society.

The Impact of Tobacco Use

Tobacco use is a leading cause of preventable illness and death worldwide. Smoking and the use of smokeless tobacco products are linked to numerous health problems, including heart disease, stroke, chronic respiratory diseases, and various forms of cancer. The addictive nature of nicotine makes quitting difficult, but the health benefits of stopping tobacco use are substantial and immediate.

Public health campaigns, education initiatives, and stricter regulations on tobacco advertising and sales are critical components in the fight against tobacco use. Anti-Tobacco Day amplifies these efforts by drawing attention to the importance of tobacco control and the need for ongoing vigilance to protect public health.

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Published May 31st, 2024 at 09:37 IST