World No Tobacco Day is coming – Dolphin

By Carol Allen
Health Educator NBHC Groton

GROTON, Conn. – World No Tobacco Day (WNTD) is observed around the world every year on May 31. The goal is to encourage a 24-hour period of abstinence from all forms of tobacco use across the globe and draw global attention to the global use of tobacco and the negative health effects of tobacco products, which in 2013 led to an estimated 5.4 million deaths worldwide.

The World Health Organization (WHO) designates a theme for the day every year to create a more unified global message for WNTD. This theme becomes the central component of the tobacco related agenda for the year following. For World No Tobacco Day 2014, WHO is calling on countries to raise taxes on tobacco as research shows that higher taxes are especially effective in reducing tobacco use and preventing young people from starting to smoke. 

The organizing committees for the Olympic (OIC) and Paralympics Games traditionally have played an active role in the fight against smoking tobacco in cooperation with the World Health Organization. The winter games at Calgary in 1988 were the first games declared free from tobacco smoke. The games in Sochi were the twelfth ones to be free from tobacco smoke, protecting over 155,000 athletes, sports delegation reps and volunteers from the harmful effects of smoking. 

World No Tobacco Day is acknowledged by military installations world-wide. The Department of Defense is committed to reducing tobacco use in the Armed Forces as it strives for exceptional health, fitness and readiness for active duty members, as well as health and fitness for family members, retirees and DOD workers.

GROTON, Conn. – World No Tobacco Day (WNTD) is observed around the world every year on May 31. The goal is to encourage a 24-hour period of abstinence from all forms of tobacco use across the globe and draw global attention to the global use of tobacco and the negative health effects of tobacco products, which in 2013 led to an estimated 5.4 million deaths worldwide.

The World Health Organization (WHO) designates a theme for the day every year to create a more unified global message for WNTD. This theme becomes the central component of the tobacco related agenda for the year following. For World No Tobacco Day 2014, WHO is calling on countries to raise taxes on tobacco as research shows that higher taxes are especially effective in reducing tobacco use and preventing young people from starting to smoke. 

The organizing committees for the Olympic (OIC) and Paralympics Games traditionally have played an active role in the fight against smoking tobacco in cooperation with the World Health Organization. The winter games at Calgary in 1988 were the first games declared free from tobacco smoke. The games in Sochi were the twelfth ones to be free from tobacco smoke, protecting over 155,000 athletes, sports delegation reps and volunteers from the harmful effects of smoking. 

World No Tobacco Day is acknowledged by military installations world-wide. The Department of Defense is committed to reducing tobacco use in the Armed Forces as it strives for exceptional health, fitness and readiness for active duty members, as well as health and fitness for family members, retirees and DOD workers.

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