TWALKITOUT: World No Tobacco Day (WNTD) is observed around the world every year on May 31. It is intended to encourage a 24-hour period of abstinence from all forms of tobacco consumption across the globe. The day is further intended to draw global attention to the widespread prevalence of tobacco use and to negative health effects, which currently lead to 5.4 million deaths worldwide annually. The member states of the World Health Organization (WHO) created World No Tobacco Day in 1987.
In the past twenty years, the day has been met with both enthusiasm and resistance across the globe from governments, public health organizations, smokers, growers, and the tobacco industry.
World Anti Tobaacco day is being celebrated around the world today. India that has a big number of consumers of tobacco in various forms is witnessing a mixed reaction about it.
Schools, Colleges and Educational institutions are conducting literary events, Slogan writing, Peaceful rallies and other activities across the country to bring a consciousness amongst people about hazards of tobacco consumption.
The numbers may seem shocking to limited, which makes it necessary to point out that India accounts for more of smokeless tobacco users — 206 million, says a study published on August 17 2012 in The Lancet. Global Adult Tobacco Survey held in 2012 reveals that an average smoking person spends around 1/3rd of his earnings on tobacco products.
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