New York: World Health Organization (WHO), in the company of the global public health champions, observes the World No Tobacco Day (WNTD) on May 31.
The day is observed to encourage people around the globe to pledge to walk on the path towards a tobacco-free world.
World No-Tobacco Day was introduced in 1987 by the WHO in order to bring people’s notice to the tobacco epidemic and the deaths caused by it.
Each year, the WHO selects a theme for the celebration of World No-Tobacco Day so as to create a more unified approach. For the year 2020, the theme is ‘Tobacco and related industry tactics to attract younger generations.’ The WHO is trying different means to make the youth understand the harmful effects of consuming tobacco.
According to the WHO, 8 million people die as a result of tobacco use every year. It is the main culprit behind lung diseases and other respiratory disorders including tuberculosis, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) etc. Tobacco consumption leads to oral and lung cancers.