World No Tobacco Day is held annually on May 31 to spread awareness about the risks of tobacco use and make the world tobacco-free. The annual campaign, established in 1987 by the World Health Organization to raise awareness of the harm tobacco products cause to human health and the environment, this year under the theme ‘Protect the environment’ is an opportunity to raise awareness of the deadly effects of tobacco and its use in any form, in addition to guiding people on how smoking can affect both the passive smoker and active users.
Tobacco kills more than 8 million people every year and destroys our environment, further harming human health through its cultivation, production, distribution, consumption and post-consumer waste. The dangers of tobacco and its negative impact on health, and the exploitation of the nicotine industry targeting youth are the motives of the awareness campaign. World No Tobacco Day educates the public about the dangers of tobacco use, the malpractice of tobacco companies and how we can contribute to a healthy life and the world by quitting smoking.
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There is no denying that the tobacco life cycle from start to finish is an overwhelmingly polluting and harmful process. From health risks to environmental pollution, there’s no shortage of damage these high nicotine leaves can do.
Here are a few examples of other ways tobacco smoking can affect your health:
- Increased risk of gum disease, bad breath and discolored teeth
- Increased mucus
- Decreased immune system function
- Increased risk of type 2 diabetes
- Decreased smell and taste
- Premature Aging
- Lower bone density
- Increased risk of cataracts
- Impeding brain development in teens
- shortness of breath
- Wheezing or panting
- More frequent headaches
- Respiratory disorders
- Rheumatoid Arthritis Risk
- Worsens cold and flu symptoms
- Decreased physical fitness
- Poor Lung Growth and Function
The harmful impact of the tobacco industry on the environment is enormous, putting undue pressure on our planet’s already scarce resources and weakened ecosystem. Tobacco contributes in every way to various health and environmental risks, in addition to lowering the quality of life. Tobacco production is poisoning our water, soil, beaches and cities with chemicals, microplastics and toxic waste. Let’s promise not to fall for the tobacco industry’s attempt to distract from its environmental damage. Stop tobacco for your health and the health of our mother earth.
(Input Source: WHO)