Today is World No Tobacco Day, which has been implemented to raise awareness of the harmful effects associated with smoking and second-hand smoke.
Today— May 31, 2011—is “World No Tobacco Day,” which has been implemented by the World Health Organization (WHO) in order to raise awareness of the harmful effects associated with smoking, as well as the effects of second-hand smoke.
The WHO has predicted that tobacco will be the cause the deaths of nearly 6 million people this year; sadly, this number will include 600,000 non-smokers, who will die from the effects of secondhand smoke.
If an intervention does not take place, it is estimated that by the year 2030, as many as 8 million people will die yearly from the effects of tobacco.
“World No Tobacco Day” is observed in many parts of the world, and already there are numerous organizations worldwide announcing how they plan to honor this day and do their part in the battle against tobacco:
“World No Tobacco Day” is a result of many governments failing to do enough to keep their citizens safe from the harmful effects of tobacco, said the WHO. 172 countries and the European Union have joined the WHO’s Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC). The FCTC was implemented in 2005, and forces nations partaking in it to make an effort to decrease smoking rates, minimize exposure to second hand smoke, and curtail tobacco advertising and promotion.
This, however, is still not enough, said WHO director-general Margaret Chan said in a statement. "Countries must also pass, or strengthen, the necessary implementing legislation [for smoking] and then rigorously enforce it,” said Chan.