World No Tobacco Day
On May 31, people around the world mark World No Tobacco Day to bring attention to the negative effects that smoking can have on one’s health. Every year, more than 80 lakh people all over the world lose their lives as a direct result of tobacco use. Consuming tobacco not only has an adverse effect on a person’s health but also harms the natural environment.
Using tobacco for the purpose of satisfying an addiction may bring momentary pleasure, but the habit’s long-term effects can be extremely detrimental or even fatal. World No Tobacco Day is observed annually on May 31 with the goal of educating people about the negative effects smoking can have on their health. The use of this chemical can result in a range of adverse health effects, including persistent coughing, cancer, tooth decay, cardiovascular disease, and, in rare cases, tooth discolouration. As a direct consequence of this, those who specialise in the field of public health have made it a point to emphasise time and time again how essential it is to kick the tobacco habit and steer clear of the various potential health dangers. People who smoke or use tobacco should make every effort to wean themselves off the habit if they want to avoid the tobacco risks associated with the substance.
Consumption of tobacco is one of the variables that is believed to have a negative influence on attempts to accomplish the UN-adopted sustainable development agenda by the year 2030, which intends to reduce the number of fatalities that are caused by tobacco by one-third by that time.
In 1987, the countries that were members of the WHO decided to observe May 31 as World No-Tobacco Day. Since that time, this day has been commemorated annually with a different topic as the centre of the celebration. This year’s theme is “Protect the Environment,” and we hope everyone will get behind it. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), “The detrimental impact of the tobacco business on the environment is extensive and expanding, adding unnecessary strain to our planet’s already finite resources and vulnerable ecosystems.”
The primary purpose of this campaign is to raise awareness among people about the negative effects that tobacco use has on the surrounding environment.
Tobacco is grown by a procedure that requires the use of a great deal of water, in addition to a number of different pesticides and fertilisers. In addition, the smoke it produces emits a wide range of potentially harmful greenhouse gases, which contribute to the warming of the planet. Growing tobacco has resulted in the destruction of forests, which is not a good sign for the environment.
Inhaling tobacco smoke can result in lung cancer, which typically strikes people who have a long history of smoking cigarettes. It is estimated that between 80 and 90 percent of those who have been diagnosed with lung cancer have a smoking history. When both men and women are considered, tobacco use is the second leading cause of death in the world. For men, it is the leading cause of death.
World No Smoking Day has been observed annually since its inception in 1987 by the World Health Organization (WHO) and the states that make up its membership. The primary reason for conceiving of the concept was to raise awareness about the deaths and illnesses that are directly attributable to the consumption of tobacco on a global scale.
The World Health Assembly passed a resolution on May 15, 1987, naming April 7 as “World No-Smoking Day,” and the day has been observed annually since then.
Then, in 1988, another resolution was enacted, declaring May 31 to be World No Tobacco Day annually. This resolution came into effect in 1988.