Each year the last day of May is celebrated as the World No Tobacco Day
. It is sponsored annually by the World Health Organization to wag a warning finger at the excesses, in terms of health, that results from tobacco use. This year the focus is on 100% smoke free environment
with special emphasis on the effects of second-hand exposure to tobacco. There is also an effort to highlight the progress that has been achieved around the world in making work and public spaces smoke-free.
According to the WHO, in every eight second
a person is dying of a smoking-related disease such as cancer, heart attack or lung diseases.
Complications of pregnancy caused by tobacco are set to double.
Tobacco currently kills five million a year
and the death toll will rise to 10 million by the 2020s, unless urgent action is taken now.
The average age at which young people take up smoking is 15-18 years
, has the distinction of being the second major harbinger of death
in the world. It is accurately predicted that among the smokers, who number about 650 million, half will eventually die due to the effects of tobacco. It is further disalarming that several thousands of people who are non-smokers die each year from diseases resulting from passive
Dried and cured forms of tobacco are commercially available in several forms but the popular ones are the ubiquitous cigarettes
. Tobacco can also be smoked in pipes or hookahs. They can be chewed upon or snuffed too. Regional products like the bidis
, manufactured in India, are also very popular.
With powerful anti-smoking campaign on the rise the tobacco companies have resorted to amazing marketing strategies to keep the popularity of tobacco alive. New products such as fruit-flavored, chocolate-flavored, additiv
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