World No Tobacco Day

Today is World No Tobacco Day – a day to mark the celebration of global efforts to curb global tobacco epidemic and a day to increase the awareness of life threatening tobacco effects. Every year, tobacco kills nearly 6 million people every year globally and if this trend continues, the tobacco epidemic will kill more than 8 million people every year by 2030 across the globe.

It is time to stand up against the tobacco, join the hands and bring a robust, effective tobacco control policy that helps us create tobacco free society.

Tobacco and Taxes

There are a number of effective, widely used tobacco control policies and means that have been helping in reducing tobacco exposure and taxing tobacco is one such mean to curb the widespread tobacco exposure.

The theme for World No Tobacco Day 2014 is “Raise Tobacco Tax, Lower Death and Disease”
Raising taxes on tobacco is both the most effective and cost-effective way of reducing tobacco use around the world.

- World Health Organization (WHO)

The global theme for World No Tobacco Day 2014 is Raise Tobacco Tax and Lower Death and Disease because WHO firmly believes that raising tobacco tax is one of the very effective ways to curb the global tobacco consumption. The WHO urges nations’ governments to increase the tobacco taxes. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), raising taxes on tobacco is the most effective policy to reduce tobacco use. It is also the most cost-effective.

Tobacco and India

India, being one of the largest countries in the world faces very high degree of tobacco challenge. Its robust, sustainable and healthy economic and social development have always been a matter of continued risk of disruption due to high tobacco consumption in the country. According to the 2009-2010 report published by the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, India has almost 35% of adults tobacco users including around 48% of males and more than 20% of females tobacco users. Out of this 34% users, 29% tobacco users are daily tobacco users which means they are highly addicted to the one or other form of tobacco and thus stand at very high degree of risk of life threatening diseases such as heart attack, cardiac arrest, TB, Hypertension and Cancer.

Act On Tobacco – NOW

It’s no more a surprise that India as a country stands at a great degree of tobacco risk due to its high tobacco consumption rate. But to highlight the positive side, there are vast number of efforts going on to curb this devil and help people quit tobacco. Some of such efforts includes Tobacco Cessation Clinics run by Government and Semi Government agencies, NGOs, Hospitals and Health Institutes. The efforts also include creating awareness in children at school and college levels.

As a country, we still have a chance to curb this tobacco epidemic and build a healthier India. On this World No Tobacco Day, let’s take a pledge to join hands and do our best to curb the tobacco epidemic and to help our friends and family members quit tobacco!

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