World No Tobacco Day was established by the World Health Organization (WHO) in 1987 to highlight the health risks associated with tobacco use and promote tobacco control measures.
Tobacco use is the leading cause of preventable death and is responsible for over 8 million deaths each year globally.
Tobacco contains nicotine, a highly addictive substance that makes quitting smoking challenging for many individuals.
Smoking tobacco is linked to various health conditions, including lung cancer, heart disease, stroke, chronic respiratory diseases, and many other cancers.
Secondhand smoke, also known as passive smoking, is equally harmful. It can cause respiratory problems, cardiovascular diseases, and even increase the risk of sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS).
Smokeless tobacco products, such as chewing tobacco and snuff, are also harmful and can lead to oral cancers, gum diseases, and other health complications.
Tobacco use not only affects physical health but also has detrimental effects on mental health, contributing to anxiety, depression, and increased stress levels.
World No Tobacco Day serves as a platform for individuals, organizations, and governments to promote tobacco control policies, raise awareness about the dangers of tobacco, and support individuals in their efforts to quit smoking.
Effective tobacco control measures include higher taxes on tobacco products, comprehensive bans on tobacco advertising, promotion, and sponsorship, graphic health warnings on cigarette packs, and support for tobacco cessation programs.