World No Tobacco Day

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World No Tobacco Day is celebrated every year on 31 May with the aim of making people aware about the harmful effects of tobacco consumption.

  • The theme of the year 2022 is "Protect the Environment".

  • The World Health Organisation honours governments, organisations and individuals every year for their efforts and contributions to prevent tobacco use.

  • This year, Jharkhand has been selected for the World No Tobacco Day (WNTD) Award-2022 by WHO.

  • History of the day

  • The World No Tobacco Day initiative was adopted by WHO in 1987.

  • After this, resolution WHA 42.19 was passed in 1988, in which 31 May was issued as 'World No Tobacco Day'.

  • Recently the Global Burden of Disease has published a study on the number of smokers around the world.

  • Smokers in india

  • According to this study, there were around 20 million smokers in the age group of 15-24 in India in 2019. This is the second largest number of tobacco smokers worldwide.

  • Global scenario

  • According to this study, the number of smokers increased to 1 billion in 2019.

  • Tobacco use killed 7 million people.

  • Among new smokers, 89% had become addicted by the age of 25.

  • There are 155 million smokers worldwide aged 15-24.

  • Top 10 countries with the highest number of smokers

  • The top 10 countries are China, India, Indonesia, USA, Russia, Bangladesh, Japan, Turkey, Vietnam and Philippines.

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