World No To­bacco Day 2018

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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.

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