I got a blank look from the smoker-friend who earlier shared that he didn’t think that tar in the cigarette is as harmful as nicotine.
Well, that shows you how powerful the tobacco players are and how weak the health authorities around the world are. After all, the tobacco companies provided an indecent amount of legal tax money to the governments.
Well, the World No Tobacco Day is observed around the world every year on May 31st. The member states of the World Health Organization created World No Tobacco Day in 1987. The objective is to draw global attention to the tobacco epidemic and to the preventable death and disease it causes. It aims to reduce the 3.5 million yearly deaths from tobacco related health problems.
The 29 May2007 WNTD press release said:
Tobacco use is the leading preventable cause of death globally, causing more than five million deaths a year. Tobacco use continues to expand most rapidly in the developing world, where currently half of tobacco-related deaths occur. By 2030, if current trends continue, 8 out of every 10 tobacco-related deaths will be in the developing world.
This year’s observance focuses on second hand smoke and highlights the progress that has been achieved around the world in protecting non smokers by making workplaces and public spaces smoke-free.
Exposure to second-hand smoke causes heart disease and many serious respiratory and cardiovascular diseases that can lead to premature death in adults. It also causes diseases and worsens existing conditions, such as asthma, in children. The new WHO policy recommendations are based on the evidence of three recent major reports, which all reached the same conclusion: Monograph 83 Tobacco Smoke and Involuntary Smoking by the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), the United States Surgeon General’s Report on The Health Consequences of Involuntary Exposure to Tobacco Smoke and the California Environmental Protection Agency’s Proposed Identification of Environmental Tobacco Smoke as a Toxic Air Contaminant.
The costs of second-hand smoke are not limited to the burden of disease. Exposure also imposes economic costs on individuals, businesses and society as a whole. These include primarily direct and indirect medical costs, but also productivity losses. In addition, workplaces where smoking is permitted incur higher renovation and cleaning costs, and increased risk of fire, and may experience higher insurance premiums.
It is good that there is such an international event to call to attention on
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