World No Tobacco Day
World No Tobacco Day was created by the World Health Organization (WHO) and takes place every year on the 31st May.
What is the aim of World No Tobacco Day?
The World Health Organization (WHO) created the World No Tobacco Day to help people give up smoking. An estimated seven million people worldwide die because of tobacco-related illnesses every year, which can be drastically reduced if everyone quit or cut down on smoking.
An estimated seven million people worldwide die because of tobacco-related illnesses every year
The WHO also suggest that around 890,000 people worldwide die from second-hand smoking. World No Tobacco Day aims to further educate people on the dangers of smoking and takes the chance to lobby for change.
The theme for this year’s World No Smoking Day looks at the impact smoking has on peoples cardiovascular health worldwide. The WHO states the reasoning for the theme is “Despite the known harms of tobacco to heart health, and the availability of solutions to reduce related death and disease, knowledge among large sections of the public that tobacco is one of the leading causes of CVD is low“.
If you would like more information on World No Tobacco Day please visit the WHO’s website.
The economics of smoking
Giving up smoking would not only have a positive effect on a person’s health, but it would greatly help the national economy as the estimated cost to the National Health Service in England each year is around £2 Billion. This underlines the scale of the resources required by health services to manage smoking-related health problems. It is clear that, if more people stopped smoking, healthcare organisations would have more resources to deal with other issues.
One big stride taken in the tobacco industry was the passing of a law that banned any branding on cigarette packets and as of May 20th 2016 cigarette packets have to be plain with the standard health warning on them. This was mainly to stop them appealing to younger people to try and cut smoking before they start.
Taxes on tobacco are seen as one of the most cost-effective measures to reduce the consumption of tobacco. If the tax increases the price of tobacco by 10%, it can decrease tobacco consumption by 4-5% depending on the wealth of the countries population. Not only is tax a good way to reduce tobacco consumption but it also offers a revenue stream to the government. In 2015-2016 tobacco tax revenue amounted to £9.5 billion, however, this figure is said to be 250 times greater than the amount of money the government spends on tobacco control.
What are the benefits of quitting smoking?
Finally, it wouldn’t be right on World No Tobacco Day to not inform you of the benefits to your health if you manage to quit smoking. Below is a handy infographic that tells you all you need to know about the health benefits and the time frame at which you will achieve these after giving up the habit.
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