31st May is observed as ‘World No Tobacco Day’ every year to spread awareness around the deadly effects of tobacco consumption.
Tobacco addiction has been recognized as the single largest cause of preventable death and disability worldwide.
The Member States of the World Health Organization(WHO) created World No Tobacco Day in 1987 to draw global attention to the tobacco epidemic and the preventable death and disease it causes.
The theme of World No Tobacco Day 2022 is “Protect The Environment”.
As per WHO “The harmful impact of the tobacco industry on the environment is vast and growing, adding unnecessary pressure to our planet’s already scarce resources and fragile ecosystems.”
This year, the WHO has selected Jharkhand for the World No Tobacco Day (WNTD) Award-2022.
India accounts for nearly 1.35 million deaths every year and it is also the second largest consumer and producer of tobacco. Nearly 80 lakh people die every year globally, out of 13.5 lakh are Indians.
The Global Adult Tobacco Survey (2010), carried out in 29 States and two Union Territories i.e. Chandigarh and Pondicherry, has shown a declining trend among males and an overall increasing trend of female smoking during 2005-09.