World No Tobacco Day
31 May, 2021
Tobacco leaves are dried and fermented before being put in tobacco products. Tobacco contains nicotine, an ingredient that can lead to addiction. Tobacco products additionally contain harmful chemicals. Tobacco smoking can lead to lung cancer, chronic bronchitis, and emphysema; and increases the risk of heart disease, heart attacks and stroke. Smoking is also linked to other cancers, leukemia, cataracts, Type 2 Diabetes, and pneumonia. Pregnant women who smoke cigarettes run an increased risk of miscarriage, stillborn or premature infants, or infants with low birth weight. Smoking while pregnant may also be associated with learning and behavioural problems in exposed children. Established in 1987, World No Tobacco Day is to inform the dangers of using tobacco, the business practices of tobacco companies, what the World Health Organization (WHO) is doing to fight the tobacco epidemic, and what can be done to claim their right to health and healthy living and to protect future generations. It is a world no-smoking day and thus a good day to quit!