Today is World No Tobacco Day

Today is World No Tobacco Day - Health Council

Every year on May 31st around the world, ‘No Tobacco Day’ is observed. In hopes that tobacco users won’t use today, and ideally forever. It’s not just a day to spread knowledge on tobacco products and the harmful affects, because frankly, tobacco users are well aware. But to encourage the government to instill plain packaging on tobacco products. “According to WHO, plain packaging makes tobacco products less attractive to consumers and limits use of the packaging as a form of advertising. It also limits misleading labeling and increases the effectiveness of health warnings.” In other countries such as Australia and France, have passed such laws to implement plain packaging.

So today we want to highlight just a few statistics on using tobacco. According to ASH:

“One person dies every 6 seconds from a tobacco-related disease.”

“Over 20% of all deaths in the US are from tobacco.”

“Tobacco contains over 4,000 chemicals, including 250 harmful to humans.”

“Tobacco kills up to 50% of it’s users.”

“More than 600,000 non-smokers die each year from second-hand smoke worldwide.”

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