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World No Tobacco Day

world tobacco dayThe "World No Tobacco Day" is observed on May 31, 2014. This day is sponsored by the World Health Organization (WHO) and 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. The numerous poisons inhaled during pregnancy are carried through the bloodstream too. This may cause increase risks of birth defects, preterm births, and even infant death. Children are particularly susceptible to the toxic chemicals in tobacco smoke. After birth, children who are exposed to second and thirdhand smoke may have increased respiratory problems, ear/hearing problems, learning/behavioral problems, gradually are more at risk for type 2 diabetes 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. This year the focus includes tobacco taxes and making the public aware of some of the aggressive and often manipulative advertising tactics of tobacco companies.
Addiction to smoking is a serious problem and breaking the habit can take months or longer. 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.
Listed below are some resources that may help people go tobacco-free for good:
• The Missouri Tobacco Quitline @ 1-800-784-8669
• Ste. Genevieve County Health Department -ask for our smoking cessation staff @ 573-883-7411
• Ste. Genevieve County Memorial Hospital smoking cessation program
• Discus quit help with physicians
Leave that pack behind and pick "World No Tobacco Day" as your quit day!