Every year, on 31 May, the World Health Organization (WHO) and global partners celebrate World No Tobacco Day (WNTD). The annual campaign is an opportunity to raise awareness on the harmful and deadly effects of tobacco use and second-hand smoke exposure, and to discourage the use of tobacco in any form.
Tobacco is deadly in any form and threatens the lung health of everyone exposed to it. Tobacco kills one person every 4 seconds
The focus of World No
Tobacco Day 2019 is on “tobacco and lung health.” The campaign will
increase awareness on:
✔ The negative impact that tobacco has on people’s lung health, from cancer to chronic respiratory disease.
✔ The fundamental role lungs play for the health and well-being of all people.
The campaign also serves as a call to action, advocating for effective policies to reduce tobacco consumption and engaging stakeholders across multiple sectors in the fight for tobacco control.
The United Nations Office at Geneva (UNOG) recently announced specific measures to strengthen its smoke and vape-free policy. Following the adoption of the resolution on smoke-free United Nations (UN) premises by the United Nations General Assembly in December 2008 which made all indoor UN premises smoke-free, UNOG has now taken steps to control smoking and vaping within its outdoor premises. Over the last few months, a total of 14 dedicated smoking and vaping shelters have been set up across the Palais des Nations grounds. As a result, smoking and vaping will no longer be permitted anywhere else within the UNOG perimeter.
To mark the occasion of World No Tobacco Day 2019, UNOG has also on this day inaugurated a smoking cessation program for its staff members. This programme, which includes individual coaching sessions and cessation medication, is fully reimbursable for members of the United Nations Staff Mutual Insurance Society. In addition, the programme is also open to colleagues from other UN agencies who wish to participate.
According to the American Cancer Society, Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer death in both men and women, and is one of the hardest cancers to treat. Not only does smoking increase the risk for lung cancer, it’s also a risk factor for cancers of the Mouth, Larynx (voice box), Pharynx (throat), Esophagus (swallowing tube), Kidney, Cervix, Liver, Bladder, Pancreas, Stomach, Colon/rectum, Myeloid leukemia, etc
Cigarettes, cigars, pipes, and spit and other types of smokeless tobacco all cause cancer. There is no safe way to use tobacco.