World No Tobacco Day
World No Tobacco Day 2017
Theme: Tobacco – a threat to development
World Health Organization (WHO) marks the theme of 31 May of the World No Tobacco Day (WNTD) in 2017 as “Tobacco – a threat to development”.
Announced by WHO, WNTD 2017 will demonstrate the threats that the tobacco industry posed to sustainable development of all countries, including the health and economic wellbeing of their citizens. WHO recommends all countries should respond to the 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda to prioritize and accelerate works on tobacco control in order to confront the global tobacco crisis and promote health and development.
WHO stated the threats towards several aspects of sustainable development posed by tobacco, including:
- Population and Health: Tobacco use is a threat to any person, regardless of gender, age, race, cultural or educational background. About 6 million people die from tobacco use every year. The figure is predicted to grow to more than 8 million a year by 2030 without intensified action.
- Economic Burden: Tobacco use costs national economies enormously through increased health-care costs and decreased productivity. In low- or middle-income countries, 80% of premature deaths from tobacco occurs.
- Environmental Conservation: Tobacco growing requires large amounts of pesticides and fertilizers, which can be toxic and pollute water supplies. Each year, tobacco growing uses 4.3 million hectares of land, resulting in global deforestation between 2% and 4%. Tobacco manufacturing also produces over 2 million tonnes of solid waste.
As such, WNTD 2017 aims to:
- Highlight the links between the use of tobacco products, tobacco control and sustainable development.
- Encourage countries to include tobacco control in their national responses to 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda.
- Support Member States and civil society to combat tobacco industry interference in political processes, in turn leading to stronger national tobacco control action.
- Encourage broader public and partner participation in national, regional and global efforts to develop and implement development strategies and plans and achieve goals that prioritize action on tobacco control.
Source: World Health Organization
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