Smokers across the globe are being urged to stop puffing Tuesday, on the World Health Organization’s “No Tobacco Day.”
Each year, the WHO adopts a different theme or cause to focus on as part of its global health initiative. This year, smoking and its devastating effects are the focus.
It says tobacco will kill nearly six million people worldwide in 2011, including some 600,000 non-smokers who will die from exposure to tobacco smoke. By 2030, it could kill eight million people.
The WHO reports tobacco use is one of the single biggest contributors to heart attack, stroke, cancer and emphysema – which accounts for 63 per cent of all deaths, nearly 80 per cent of which occur in low- and middle-income countries. Up to half of all tobacco users will eventually die of a tobacco-related disease.
One Canadian organization is trying to prevent kids from lighting up, by removing smoking scenes from movies that target youths.
The Ontario Coalition for Smoke-Free Movies says in 2009, Canadian theatres showed over 1.1 billion tobacco images in youth rated films alone.
Click here to see its campaign.
According to the Heart and Stroke Foundation, more than 37,000 Canadians die each year from the effects of smoking and almost 6,300 non-smokers die each year from exposure to second-hand smoke.