World No Tobacco Day 2011

The World No Tobacco Day takes place on Tuesday, May 31, 2011, with the theme “The World Health Organization Framework Convention on Tobacco Control.”  No Tobacco Day is observed every year on this date to encourage a 24-hour period of no tobacco use of any kind throughout the world. The WHO FCTC is the first international public health treaty developed  and entered into force in 2005 by 173 of the 192 Member States of the United Nation.  Tobacco use is the leading preventable cause of death and this global observance is to draw attention to the world-wide tobacco epidemic, its negative health effects, and solutions to save lives.  This year’s theme highlights the treaty signed by the United Nation Parties who have agreed to protect people from exposure to tobacco smoke, monitor tobacco use and prevention policies, enforce bans on tobacco advertising, promotion and sponsorships, offer help in quitting tobacco use, raise taxes on tobacco, and warn about the dangers of tobacco among other legal obligations of the treaty.  According to WHO, an estimated 1.3 billion people are smokers worldwide and around 5.4 million deaths a year are caused by tobacco, including over 443,000 Americans.

More information can be obtained at these sites:
WHO FCTC
Smoking Deaths Worldwide

WHO FCTC PARTIES

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