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World No-Tobacco Day 2021 – May 31

by Premier Hospitals | May 31, 2021 |

Do you know how and when the world no tobacco day started? In 1987, the World Health Organization Member States started this World No Tobacco Day to draw global attention to how diseases are growing like an epidemic due to the use of tobacco and its products and killing people all over the world.  On April 7, 1988, The World Health Assembly announced the day to be commemorated as "a world no-smoking day" every year. After the announcement, World No Tobacco Day on May 31 gained global recognition and got the attention of various health organisations around the world. It turned out to be a big day for health care and community workers every year to go out and educate people addicted to tobacco and help them to quit tobacco. World No Tobacco Day; every year, it is observed on May 31 to create awareness of the health complications caused by tobacco and help tobacco users to lead a healthier life.  We know Corinavirus is affecting more aggressively on people with certain health conditions. According to the World Health Organization (WHO) survey, “When healthcare professionals announced that smokers were more vulnerable to develop some serious health complications with COVID-19 compared to non-smokers, it influenced millions of smokers around the world to come forward voluntarily who want to quit tobacco...,". Smoking not only harms you but also harms your loved family and friends around you. Smoking causes a number of diseases and affects almost every organ in your body. Millions of people in the world are living life-threatening diseases caused by smoking. For people who have a smoking habit and die because of smoking, at least 40 are dying young with severe smoking-related diseases.  The diseases caused by smoking include:
  • Cancer to various body parts like throat cancer, lung cancer etc.
  • Heart diseases
  • Stroke
  • Lung diseases
  • Type 2 Diabetes
  • Chronic obstructive pulmonary diseases (COPD) like emphysema and chronic bronchitis. 
Smoking also puts you at more risk of affecting tuberculosis, eye diseases, immune system problems, rheumatoid arthritis, etc. Exposure to secondhand smoke kills nearly 41,000 innocent nonsmoking adults and 400 infant babies every year. Secondhand smoke can cause certain severe health complications like stroke, lung cancer, and various heart diseases in adults. Children exposed to secondhand smoke are vulnerable to diseases like sudden infant death syndrome(SIDS), acute respiratory infections, middle ear infection(acute otitis), severe asthma, reduced lung growth etc. World No Tobacco Day 2021: "Commit to Quit" World No Tobacco Day aims to spread awareness about the health complications caused by using tobacco, particularly in this COVID Pandemic and how they can be tackled in a better way by doctors when one quits tobacco use. The WHO calls out all tobacco users, Let today be Day 1, in the effort to quit tobacco. This year WHO came out with the theme "World No Tobacco Day: Commit to Quit Tobacco" to be a winner. WHO and other local health organisations are organising several virtual and a few physical awareness campaigns due to CORONA to inform people of the dangers involved in using tobacco.  More than 70% of tobacco users globally lack awareness and access to the tools required to quit smoking successfully. "The gap in access to the suspension of many services has widened further in the past year as health care workers have been mobilised to manage the epidemic," says WHO. We Premier Hospitals educate people in all possible ways to quit smoking even in the pandemic. As part of social responsibility, do your part in creating awareness by posting on Twitter, Facebook and other social media platforms. Share pictures and ideas of what can be done to stop smoking and motivate as many as people to quit tobacco using #CommitToQuit.