World No Tobacco Day May 31, 2017

2017 World Tobacco DayThe theme for World No Tobacco Day, is "Tobacco – a threat to development." This year it will propose measures that governments and the public should take to promote health and development by confronting the global tobacco crisis. This day is sponsored by the World Health Organization (WHO) and is celebrated annually. It highlights the health risks associated with tobacco use and advocate for effective policies to reduce smoking and other tobacco use.  It also encourages abstinence from all forms of tobacco consumption across the globe and to make everyday a no tobacco day.

Tobacco use is the single most preventable cause of death globally and is currently responsible for 10% of adult deaths worldwide.  Around 600,000 of these deaths are non-smokers dying from breathing secondhand smoke.  Tobacco smoke is known to cause many types of cancer, as well as heart disease, lung disease, stroke, and many other health problems.  Smoking during pregnancy reduces oxygen and blood flow to the baby. This may cause increase risks of birth defects, preterm births, and even infant death.  Young children’s lungs are particularly susceptible to the toxic chemicals in tobacco smoke.  After birth, children who are exposed to second and third-hand smoke are more at risk for respiratory problems, ear/hearing problems, learning/behavioral problems, and the many other diseases associated with tobacco smoke inhalation.

The ultimate goal of World No Tobacco Day is to contribute to protecting present and future generations not only from the devastating health consequences due to tobacco, but also from the social, environmental, and economic scourges of tobacco use and exposure to tobacco smoke.

Past smokers can use this day as a wonderful opportunity to share quit smoking tips to smoking friends and loved ones.  Let them know you care.

Some smoking cessation resources:

  • The Missouri Tobacco Quitline @ 1-800-784-8669
  • Ste. Genevieve County Health Department -Ask for our smoking cessation staff @ 573-883-7411
  • Discus quit help with your physician

Leave that pack behind and pick “World No Tobacco Day” as your quit day!