World No Tobacco Day is observed annually on May 31. The theme of the World no Tobacco Day 2020 is ‘Protecting youth from industry manipulation and preventing them from tobacco and nicotine use’.
World No Tobacco Day is observed on May 31 every year to highlight the risk associated with the use of tobacco. The annual campaign is an opportunity to raise awareness to help reduce use and protect the health of the people.
The World Health Organization (WHO) promotes World No Tobacco Day each year to highlight the health risks of using tobacco and to encourage governments to put policies into action that help to reduce smoking and the use of other tobacco products.
According to WHO, tobacco use kills more than 8 million people around the world each year. Smoking any kind of tobacco reduces lung capacity and increases the severity of respiratory diseases. Covid19 is an infectious disease that primarily attacks the lungs. Due to which, research suggests that smokers are at higher risk of developing severe Covid-19 outcomes and death.
World No Tobacco Day 2020: Theme
Every year World No Tobacco is observed with a different theme; this year, the theme of World no Tobacco Day is ‘Protecting youth from industry manipulation and preventing them from tobacco and nicotine use’.
The theme of Anti-Tobacco Day in 2019 was ‘Tobacco and Lung Health’ and in 2018, it was ‘Tobacco and heart disease’.
“Quitting smoking is rather a marathon than a sprint. It is not a one-time attempt, but a longer effort.” -Aristotle
On this day, several campaigns, events and activities are organised to educate people about the bad effects of tobacco on health. There immediate and long-term health benefits if you quit smoking. According to WHO, some of the beneficial health changes that take place are:
- Within 20 minutes, your heart rate and blood pressure drop.
- In 12 hours, the carbon monoxide level in your blood drops to normal and in 2- to 12 weeks, your lung function increases.
- In 1 to 9 months, coughing and shortness of breath decrease and in 1 year, your risk of coronary heart disease is about half that of a smoker’s.
On this World No Tobacco Day, here are some quit smoking quotes which you send to your friend’s, colleague’s or loved once and encourage them to remain smoke-free.
World no Tobacco Day Quotes
“Giving up smoking is the easiest thing in the world. I know because I’ve done it thousands of times” Mark Twain
“A cigarette is the only consumer product which when used as directed kills its consumer.” -Gro Brundtland
“Smoking kills. If you’re killed, you’ve lost a very important part of your life.” -Brooke Shields
“It’s better to hold a book between your fingers than to hold a cigarette.” -Bista Nirooj
“You’re always better off if you quit smoking; it’s never too late.” -Loni Anderson
World No Tobacco Day: History
In 1987 the World Health Organisation passed a resolution that announced April 7, 1988, as ‘World No Smoking Day’. The act was passed to motivate people to prevent using tobacco for at least 24 hours. Later in 1988, the organisation passed another resolution that the ‘World No Tobacco Day’ will be observed May 31.
In 2008, the WHO banned any kind of advertisement or promotion about tobacco, thinking that probably the ads attract youth to indulge in smoking.
Source: India Today