World No Tobacco Day: World No Tobacco Day is observed on May 31 annually to highlight the risk associated with tobacco use. This annual campaign is an opportunity to raise awareness to help reduce use and protect the health of the people.
The WHO (World Health Organization) promotes World No Tobacco Day every year to highlight the health risks of using tobacco and encourage governments to put policies into action that help to reduce the use of tobacco products.
According to the WHO, tobacco use kills about 8+ million people across the world each year. Smoking any kind of tobacco reduces lung capacity and increases respiratory diseases.
World No Tobacco Day 2022 Theme
No Tobacco Day is observed every year with a different theme. World No Tobacco Day 2022 theme is “Protect The Environment”. The 2022 global campaign aims to raise public awareness about the environmental impact of the complete tobacco cycle, from its cultivation, production, and distribution to the toxic waste it generates.
World No Tobacco Day 2022 History & Significance
In the year 1987 the WHO passed a resolution that announced April 7, 1988, as World No Smoking Day. This act was passed to motivate people to prevent the usage of tobacco for at least 24 hours. Later in 1988, the organization passed another resolution stating that World No Tobacco Day will be observed on 31st May.
In 2008, the World Health Organization banned any kind of advertisement/promotion about tobacco, thinking that probably the ads attract youth to indulge in smoking.