World No Tobacco Day

On 31st May, No Tobacco Day or Anti Tobacco Day is observed. As the name implies, the day is intended to raise awareness regarding the harmful effects of smoking. The World Health Organization (WHO) established World Health Day in the year of 1987 to raise public awareness about the harmful diseases that smoking can cause. Cancer, diabetes, lung problems, and other diseases can all be caused by this deadly habit.

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History of World No Tobacco Day

World No Tobacco Day was established in the year of 1987 by the World Health Organization (WHO) Member States to bring worldwide attention to the tobacco pandemic and the needless sickness and death it causes. On 15th of May, 1987, the World Health Assembly passed a resolution designating 7th of April, 1988 as “World No Smoking Day.” The date was chosen since it was the World Health Organisation’s 40th anniversary. In addition to that, in the year of 1988, a resolution was enacted to commemorate World No Tobacco Day each year on 31st of May.

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The focus of the day is on the effects of tobacco on people’s cardiovascular health. It may play a role in the development of coronary heart disease (CHD), stroke, as well as peripheral vascular disease. People will also learn that tobacco is one of the biggest causes of cardiovascular disease (CVD) on the day.

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