Saturday, May 31, 2008

World No Tobacco Day

Text and images taken from
WHO (World Health Organization)

World No Tobacco Day is celebrated around the world every year on May 31.
This yearly celebration informs the public on the dangers of using tobacco, the business practices of tobacco companies, what WHO is doing to fight the tobacco epidemic, and what people around the world can do to claim their right to health and healthy living and to protect future generations.

The Member States of the World Health Organization created World No Tobacco Day in 1987 to draw global attention to the tobacco epidemic and the preventable death and disease it causes. In 1987, the World Health Assemby passed Resolution WHA40.38, calling for 7 April 1988 to be a "a world no-smoking day." In 1988, Resolution WHA42.19 was passed, calling for the celebration of World No Tobacco Day, every year on 31 May.

The focus
Globally, most people start smoking before the age of 18, with almost a quarter of those beginning before the age of 10. The younger children are when they first try smoking, the more likely they are to become regular tobacco users and the less likely they are to quit.

A strong link between advertising and smoking in young people has been proven. The more aware and appreciative young people are of tobacco advertising, the more likely they are to smoke or say they intend to. As a result, the tobacco industry spends billions of dollars worldwide each year spreading its marketing net as widely as possible to attract young customers. Tobacco companies market their products wherever youth can be easily accessed - in the movies, on the Internet, in fashion magazines, and at music concerts and sports events.

In response to this threat, World No Tobacco Day 2008 campaigns for a:

Total ban on all forms of tobacco advertising, promotion and sponsorship by the tobacco industry.

• Because about half the children of the world live in countries that do not ban free distribution of tobacco products to them.

• Because only total and comprehensive bans can be effective in reducing tobacco consumption.

• Because national-level studies before and after advertising bans found a decline in tobacco consumption of up to 16%.

• Because partial bans have little or no impact on demand since advertising can be switched to alternative media.

In addition, I have contributed with two banners in the left menu of my blog
Down with tobacco!

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