World No Tobacco Day 2018
To mark World No Tobacco Day (WNTD) on 31 May, state partners supported by Consumer Voice organised various events at Goa, Punjab, Haryana, Jharkhand and Telangana. The main objective was to spread awareness about the ill effects of tobacco and how the government and the public have to play their roles in the present scenario. Consumer activists, social activists, medical practitioners, civil society organisations, and activists working in the field of tobacco control were among those who participated in the events.
The annual World No Tobacco Day highlights the health and additional risks associated with tobacco use, and advocates for effective policies to reduce tobacco consumption around the globe. This year it will focus on the impact tobacco has on the cardiovascular health of people worldwide and the theme is ‘Tobacco and Heart Disease’.
In India, every year more than 9 lakh people are killed because of tobacco-related diseases. Tobacco use is associated with the development of coronary heart disease, stroke, and peripheral vascular disease. Tobacco causes over 2 million deaths from cardiovascular diseases every year.