Tobacco use is a global epidemic among young people. As with adults, it poses a serious health threat to youth and young adults in the United States and has significant implications for this nation’s public and economic health in the future (Perry et al. 1994; Kessler 1995).
The impact of cigarette smoking and other tobacco use on chronic disease, which accounts for 75% of American spending on health care (Anderson 2010), is well-documented and undeniable.
Smokers significantly increase their risk of myocardial infarction and stroke, says the World Health Organization on the occasion of World No Tobacco Day.
The World No Tobacco Day is an annual day of awareness celebrated every 31st of May of each year. It is sponsored by the World Health Organization or WHO and it has been celebrated ever since 1987.
This event aims to shed light to the health risks associated with using tobacco. This day also encourages governments and policymakers to adopt policies that are effective for reducing tobacco smoking and the use of other products similar to tobacco.
When is the World No Tobacco Day 2020?
This unofficial holiday is always held on the 31st of May each year. This means that this year in 2020, the World No Tobacco Day will be held on Sunday, May 31, 2020.
Last year in 2019, people celebrated this event on Friday, May 31.
How to Observe World No Tobacco Day
- Count the number of cigarettes you smoke: You might not be ready to quit, and who can blame you? It’s tough. But you can start laying the groundwork for your exit by counting the number of cigarettes you smoke in a day. You’ll start to think more about your health and the amount of money you put into tobacco. When you’re ready to take the plunge, there are plenty of self-help books that will guide you through the early rocky stages. You can do it!
- Educate the youth: As they say, the best way to quit smoking is to never start. So try and encourage young people around you to avoid the habit altogether. Depending on where you live, there might be a march or some public demonstrations. Maybe you can design a cool poster to help promote them. Better yet, hold a contest to see who can create the best anti-smoking poster. Teenagers can be a bit mischievous, so you’ll want to clearly define what’s “appropriate” before they hit you with the final reveal.
- Lobby for sticker laws: Warning labels on cigarette boxes deter people from smoking. Petition to support these laws so that the trend continues to gain momentum. Also, plain packaging laws could also use some more backing.
- These laws place restrictions on the logos and colors of tobacco products, which make them tougher to sell. You know how you can’t judge a book by its cover? Well, people definitely judge a product by its packaging. If label looks drab, we’re less likely to pay it any mind, and that’s totally not shallow. It’s not like tobacco has a good personality on the inside.
Slogan for World No Tobacco Day 2020
“Tobacco breaks your heart” is the slogan chosen this year for World No Tobacco Day 2020 – telling the world that cigarettes do not just attack the lungs, but they attack other organs as well! Medicine has proven it for a long-time smoker greatly increase their risk of myocardial infarction and stroke.
For example, “80% of infarction victims aged under 45 are smokers,” noted the French Federation of Cardiology.
“Smoking is a major risk factor for the development of coronary heart disease, stroke, and peripheral vascular disease,” says World Health Organization. It is “the second leading cause of cardiovascular disease, after high blood pressure,” she adds. “From a cigarette a day, heart and arteries at risk,” insists the French Federal Federation of Cardiology.
World No Tobacco Day is an Ultimate Reminder of 7 Reasons
World No Tobacco Day is a reminder of the 7 reasons
- The heart rate is normally 20 minutes after the last cigarette.
- 1 day after the last cigarette, nicotine is no longer in the body.
- 2 days without smoking: the sense of smell and taste become better.
- After 3 to 9 months without tobacco, breathing progresses.
- 1 year after stopping, the risk of myocardial infarction is halved.
- 5 years after quitting, the risk of lung cancer decreases by 50%.
- 10 to 20 years later, life expectancy is the same as that of non-smokers.
World No Tobacco Day Themes (1987-2019)
- The theme for 1987 was “1st Smoke-free Olympics (1988 Olympic Winter Games – Calgary)”.
- The theme for 1988 was “Tobacco or Health: choose health”.
- The theme for 1989 was “Women and tobacco: the female smoker: at added risk”.
- The theme for 1990 was “Childhood and youth without tobacco: growing up without tobacco”.
- The theme for 1991 was “Public places and transport: better be tobacco free”.
- The theme for 1992 was “Tobacco free workplaces: safer and healthier”.
- The theme for 1993 was “Health services: our windows to a tobacco free world”.
- The theme for 1994 was “Media and tobacco: get the message across”.
- The theme for 1995 was “Tobacco costs more than you think”.
- The theme for 1997 was “United for a tobacco free world”.
- The theme for 1996 was “Sport and art without tobacco: play it tobacco free”.
- The theme for 1998 was “Growing up without tobacco”.
- The theme for 1999 was “Leave the pack behind”.
- The theme for 2000 was “Tobacco kills, don’t be duped”.
- The theme for 2001 was “Second-hand smoke kills”.
- The theme for 2002 was “Tobacco free sports”.
- The theme for 2003 was “Tobacco free film, tobacco free fashion”.
- The theme for 2004 was “Tobacco and poverty, a vicious circle”.
- The theme for 2005 was “Health professionals against tobacco”.
- The theme for 2006 was “Tobacco: deadly in any form or disguise”.
- The theme for 2007 was “Smoke free inside”.
- The theme for 2008 was “Tobacco-free youth”.
- The theme for 2009 was “Tobacco health warnings”.
- The theme for 2010 was “Gender and tobacco with an emphasis on marketing to women”.
- The theme for 2011 was “The WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control”.
- The theme for 2012 was “Tobacco industry interference”.
- The theme for 2013 was “Ban tobacco advertising, promotion and sponsorship”.
- The theme for 2014 was “raise taxes on tobacco”.
- The theme for 2015 was “Stop illicit trade of tobacco products”.
- The theme for 2016 was “Get ready for plain packaging”.
- The theme for 2017 was “Tobacco – a threat to development”.
- The theme for 2018 was “Tobacco and heart disease”. It will focus on the cardiovascular health.
- The theme for 2019 is “Tobacco and Lung Health: Tobacco breaks your heart”.
World No Tobacco Day Quotes & Messages
- The true essence of smoking is illness, death and horror – not the charm the pushers in the tobacco business try to depict — David Byrne
- Smoking is like committing suicide without actually dying. I smoke because it’s bad, it’s really simple — Damien Hirst
- You’re in every case happier if you quit smoking; it’s never too late — Loni Anderson
- Tobacco smoke contains chemicals that debilitate the body’s immune framework, making it progressively helpless to sickness and disabling its capacity to destroy cancer cells — Michael Greger
- I count him bolder who defeats his wants than him who conquers his foes; for the hardest triumph is over self — Aristotle
- Saying no to tobacco is the easiest thing on the planet. I know since I’ve done it a large number of times — Imprint Twain
- Every one of us should think about what’s to come. Each puff on a cigarette is another tick more like a time bomb of terrible outcomes. Christopher Hitchens didn’t care about the outcomes of smoking cigarettes. Appallingly, he passed on of throat cancer in December 2011 — Beam Solace
- Desire is the beginning stage of all accomplishment, not a hope, not a desire, yet a sharp throbbing wish, which rises above everything — Napoleon Slope
- It takes a great deal of devotion to stop smoking, and whether you surrender for good on your first attempt or need to give it a few attempts – simply continue swinging at it and you will succeed — Harmon Killebrew
- Take your life back from the tobacco organizations. They don’t own you anymore and don’t care about you anymore – Duane Alan Hahn
- Cigarette: A flame toward one side, a fool at the other, and a bit of tobacco in the middle.
- If we lose the fight against tobacco, we will lose the war against cancer
- A cigarette is the main buyer item which when utilized as directed kills its buyer.
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