World No Tobacco Day (WNTD) is organized every year on May 31 to highlight the health and other risks associated with tobacco use, and advocating for effective policies to reduce tobacco consumption globally. WNTD was created by World Health Organization (WHO) in 1987 to draw global attention to the tobacco epidemic and the preventable death and disease it causes.
On this day, WHO calls on millions of tobacco users to take the pledge and quit tobacco today.
“Commit to Quit”
According to Global Adult Tobacco Survey-2 (GATS 2016-17), 26.7crore adults in the age group of 15 years and above (29% of the adults) consume tobacco in some form or the other, though the prevalence of tobacco use has reduced by six percentage points from GATS-1(2009-10) to GATS -2.
In compliance with the MPOWER measures suggested by WHO for effective interventions to reduce the demand of tobacco, measures implemented by India include:
This initiative aims to support tobacco users of all categories who want to quit tobacco use towards successful quitting through constant text messaging on mobile phones.
Tobacco users may take the help to quit tobacco at Quit plan and can give a missed call on 011-22901701 for registration or e-register by filling mobile number and e mail ID through www.nhp.gov.in/quit-tobacco or call 1800112356 (toll free).
We should encourage everyone to become educated, spread awareness and create a tobacco-free generation.
Know more about National Tobacco Control Programme at http://ntcp.nhp.gov.in/
‘Make Every Day World No Tobacco Day’.