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World No Tobacco Day 2018

Theme: Tobacco and heart disease

World Health Organization (WHO) marks the theme of 31 May of the World No Tobacco Day (WNTD) in 2018 as “Tobacco and heart disease”.

Announced by WHO, WNTD 2018 will focus on the impact of tobacco on the cardiovascular health of people worldwide. Tobacco is detrimental to health and is a risk factor for coronary heart disease, stroke and peripheral vascular disease which combined are the world’s leading causes of death. However public awareness on the link of smoking and these diseases is low.

Tobacco-related disease causes death of more than 7 million people per year worldwide, of which nearly 900,000 non-smokers die from passive smoking. WHO stated that CVD is highly related to tobacco use. CVD is the biggest cause of death worldwide whereas tobacco is the second leading cause of CVD after high blood pressure. Around 12% of CVD-attributed deaths was caused by tobacco use and exposure to secondhand smoke.

As such, WNTD 2018 aims to:

  • Highlight the links between the use of tobacco products and heart and other cardiovascular diseases.
  • Increase awareness within the broader public of the impact tobacco use and exposure to secondhand smoke have on cardiovascular health.
  • Provide opportunities for the public, governments and others to make commitments to promote heart health by protecting people from use of tobacco products.
  • Encourage countries to strengthen implementation of the proven MPOWER tobacco control measures contained in the WHO FCTC.

Source: World Health Organization

The themes of World No Tobacco Day in recent years :

2017 - Tobacco – a threat to development COSH programme
2016 - Get ready for plain packaging COSH programme 
2015 - Stop illicit trade of tobacco products COSH programme 
2014 - Raise taxes on Tobacco COSH programme
2013 - Ban tobacco advertising, promotion and sponsorship COSH programme
2012 - Tobacco industry interference COSH programme 
2011 - The WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control  
2010 - Gender and Tobacco, with an emphasis on marketing to women COSH programme 
2009 - Tobacco Health Warnings  
2008 - Tobacco-Free Youth  
2007 – Smoke-Free Environments  
2006 – Tobacco : Deadly in any form or disguise  
2005 - Health Professionals Against Tobacco  
2004 - Tobacco and Poverty, a vicious circle  
2003 - Tobacco Free Film, Tobacco Free Fashion  
2002 - Tobacco Free Sports – Play it Clean  
2001 - Second-hand smoke kills  
2000 - Tobacco kills, don't be duped  

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