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Breathing Healthier: Observing World, No Tobacco Day 2024

Each year on May 31st, World No Tobacco Day is observed globally to highlight the health risks associated with tobacco use and to advocate for effective policies to reduce tobacco consumption. This year, under the theme "Tobacco: Threat to Our Environment," we focus not only on the health impact but also on the environmental devastation caused by tobacco production and waste




The Health Impact of Tobacco

Tobacco is a major health threat. It kills more than 8 million people globally each year, with over 7 million of these deaths resulting from direct tobacco use and around 1.2 million from non-smokers being exposed to second-hand smoke. The health effects of tobacco use are devastating; smoking causes cancer, heart disease, stroke, lung diseases, diabetes, and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).


Environmental Consequences

The production, distribution, consumption, and waste of tobacco products also have severe environmental impacts. These include:

·         Deforestation: Large areas of forests are cleared to grow tobacco plants, reducing biodiversity and increasing carbon emissions.

·         Water Usage: Tobacco growing requires substantial amounts of water, depleting local water supplies.

·         Pollution: The production and consumption of tobacco contribute to air and water pollution through the release of toxic chemicals into the environment.

·         Waste: Cigarette butts are the most littered item globally and contain plastic filters that do not biodegrade, contributing to urban and marine pollution.

 

Conclusion

On World No Tobacco Day, let us remember the wide-reaching impact of tobacco—from the health of smokers and non-smokers to the well-being of our planet. Together, we can fight against tobacco consumption and strive for a healthier, more sustainable world. Join the movement to end tobacco use and help lead the way to a smoke-free future.


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