King of the road – “ain’t got no cigarettes”

Image of cigarette

And neither should you as May 31 marks World No Tobacco Day. The list of forbidden fruit, or leaves in this case includes both smoked and smoke-less tobacco such as chewing tobacco (pellets, plug and twist), snuff, snus, gutka, dokha, makla or mu’assel to name a few.

Every year, on 31 May, the World Health Organization (WHO) and partners mark World No Tobacco Day (WNTD), highlighting the health risks associated with tobacco use and advocating for effective policies to reduce tobacco consumption. For World No Tobacco Day 2015, they are calling on countries to work together to end the illicit trade of tobacco products. From many angles, illegal tobacco products are a major global concern, including health, legal and economic, governance and corruption issues.

As a union of healthcare professionals, we feel it is an important issue to raise, if solely from the health perspective.

The ugly truth

  • Tobacco kills up to half of its users
  • Tobacco kills nearly 6 million people each year. 600 000 are due to second-hand smoke
  • Nearly 80% of the world's one billion smokers live in low- and middle-income countries
  • Unless something is done, by 2030 the annual death toll will be 8 million

Need help quitting?

Visit  Smokers’ Helpline a free, confidential service operated by the Canadian Cancer Society offering support and information about quitting smoking and tobacco use. As well, Health Canada offers a free guide called On the road to Quitting - Guide to becoming a non-smoker to help you on your journey.

Resources:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tobacco_products
http://www.who.int/campaigns/no-tobacco-day/2015/event/en/
http://www.who.int/mediacentre/factsheets/fs339/en/
http://www.smokershelpline.ca/
http://www.hc-sc.gc.ca/hc-ps/pubs/tobac-tabac/orqa-svra/index-eng.php

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