Friday, May 31, 2019

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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.

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, and 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.

You can learn more at the WHO campaign website , and support the movement on social media by using #nevertobacco.

Risks from Smoking

Smoking can damage nearly every part of your body:

  • Oropharynx
  • Larynx
  • Esophagus
  • Trachea, bronchus, and lung
  • Acute myeloid leukemia
  • Stomach
  • Liver
  • Pancreas
  • Kidney and ureter
  • Cervix
  • Bladder
  • Colorectal
Chronic Diseases
  • Stroke
  • Blindness, cataracts, age-related macular degeneration*
  • Congenital defects-maternal smoking: orofacial clefts*
  • Periodontitis
  • Aortic aneurysm, early abdominal aortic atherosclerosis in young adults
  • Coronary heart disease
  • Pneumonia
  • Atherosclerotic peripheral vascular disease
  • Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, tuberculosis,* asthma, and other respiratory effects
  • Diabetes*
  • Reproductive effects in women (including reduced fertility)
  • Hip fractures
  • Ectopic pregnancy*
  • Male sexual function-erectile dysfunction*
  • Rheumatoid arthritis*
  • Immune function*
  • Overall diminished health
Each condition followed by an asterisk (*) is a new disease causally linked to smoking in the 2014 Surgeon General’s Report, The Health Consequences of Smoking—50 Years of Progress.


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