‘Commit to Quit’ on World No Tobacco Day

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Use of tobacco is no less than an epidemic. About 6 million people die from tobacco related ailments every year. The number is projected to rise to 8 million deaths by 2030.
Each year on 31st May, the World Health Organization holds World’s No Tobacco Day. This day is organized to make people aware about the risk of using tobacco and to make the world tobacco free. This day is also organized to spread awareness regarding the negative impact of using tobacco on health. It is also aimed to reduce diseases by tobacco consumption.
The theme for World No Tobacco Day, 2021 is ‘Commit to Quit’. The member states of the World Health Organization created World No Tobacco Day in 1987 as a response to the global tobacco crisis.
Tobacco is the leading cause of respiratory diseases. The World Health Organization has also banned any kind of advertisement or promotion of tobacco. Poor strata of society is most negatively impacted by the use of tobacco. Money which is wasted in the addiction of tobacco can be used for education.
This day also spreads awareness regarding second-hand smoke and its effects. It causes over 6,00,000 deaths per year. More shocking is that more than 28% victims of second-hand smoke are little children. Second-hand smoke causes strokes and heart attacks. With every cigarette a person smokes, chances of having a heart attack increases by 5%. Chronic lung disease is the third most common cause of death and predominantly it is caused by smoking or chewing tobacco.
The manufacturing process of tobacco creates more than 2 million tons of waste per year. It can be challenging to quit tobacco but it is imperative and crucial. Awareness campaigns in local languages should be held. Millions of tobacco users are unaware about the consequences of using tobacco. Spread awareness and help someone quit tobacco today.

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