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World No Tobacco Day

30/05/2011

31 May is World No Tobacco Day. This day of recognition, on which people around the world are encouraged to give up tobacco for one day, was started by the World Health Organization in 1987.

Tobacco kills nearly six million people each year – that’s about the same number of people who live in the country of Denmark!  According to the WHO web site, no consumer product needlessly kills as many people as does tobacco. It killed 100 million people in the 20th century, and it could kill up to 1 billion people in the 21st century.

All of these deaths were, and will have been, entirely preventable.

In the past twenty years, World No Tobacco Day has been met with both enthusiasm and resistance across the globe from governments, public health organizations, smokers, growers, and the tobacco industry. Why is that? Because tobacco companies make a great deal of money by selling their product to people.

The tobacco industry targets people in low- and middle-income countries, where the use of the product is growing the fastest. By 2030, more than 80% of the world’s tobacco-related deaths will be in these countries.

To recognize and support World No Tobacco Day, the Window on America center has developed and posted a new virtual presentation on the subject, which can be found on the library’s web site. We hope you take the time to check out this informative resource, and if you are a tobacco user, to use tomorrow as the first day of your non-smoking life!

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