World No Tobacco Day
Every year the World Health Organization (WHO) sponsors World No Tobacco Day on May 31. The event serves to highlight the health risks associated with tobacco use and exposure by – advocating for effective policies to reduce tobacco consumption, decrease children’s exposure to secondhand smoke (SHS), and encourage cessation and tobacco control.
This year’s event will be held on May 31, 2020. The theme “Protecting youth from industry manipulation and preventing them from tobacco and nicotine use” focuses on empowering young people to engage in the fight against Big Tobacco.
Tobacco continues to be the leading cause of preventable death, killing more than eight million people across the global annually. About 1.2 million of these deaths are the result of non-smokers being exposed to SHS.
World No Tobacco Day is an opportunity to call on countries to work together to end the tobacco pandemic. To learn more about World No Tobacco Day, visit the WHO campaign site.
Tips to Help You Quit Tobacco
- Set up a quit date.
- Get rid of your last cigarettes, and anything related to smoking—lighters, ashtrays, etc.
- Set up a support system. This could be taking a group class, going to Nicotine Anonymous, or having a friend or family member who has successfully quit who is willing to help you.
- Ask family and friends who smoke not to do so around you and to not leave cigarettes out where you can see them.
- Set up a support system. This could be a group class, Nicotine Anonymous, or a friend or family member who has successfully quit and is willing to help you.
- Don’t give up. The nicotine in tobacco is highly addictive, and it may take several attempts to quit smoking.