Luxembourg sees 1000 tobacco-related deaths per year

Henrietta Brewer
June 1, 2020

This year, the day focused on protecting children and young people from exploitation by the tobacco and nicotine industry, according to the Who's website.

According to Prasad, India is one of the best practice countries when it comes to regulation of smoking scenes in TV and films, but implementation is a challenge with most of the streaming services violating the rules set by the government.

The designated day serves to draw global attention to the health hazards caused by tobacco and the number of preventable deaths it causes.

"The tobacco industry has proven beyond reasonable doubt that it has no regard for public health". Children that have to endure increased exposure to tobacco smoke often develop respiratory infections on a regular basis.

"WHO calls on all sectors to help stop marketing tactics of tobacco and related industries that prey on children and young people", the United Nations health agency said.

The Environmental Rights Action/Friends of the Earth Nigeria (ERA/FoEN) said this year's theme is very relevant to the Nigerian context in view of the tobacco industry's unrelenting efforts at grabbing the lungs of the youth and recruiting them as replacement smokers for a dying generation of older smokers.

The WHO said cigarette firms were still trying out all manner of ways to get youngsters lighting up - and it was no accident that the vast majority of smokers start before they turn 18. These can be replicated for many other causes of public health.

In previous years, awareness sessions were organised in colleges and universities but due to the ongoing pandemic, this year's awareness campaign "Smoking Breathes Life Into Cancer" is being run extensively on hospital's social media.

Another controversial way that the industry has reached the lungs and wallets of younger generations is through the invention and promotion of smokeless tobacco, shisha, and e-cigarettes.

The Moroccan national program to combat smoking sees promise in the fact that approximately three-quarters of all smokers reported a desire to quit the drug.

As for claims that e-cigarettes are safer, Krech said: "All tobacco products are harmful". According to the United Nations, raising the price of tobacco and taxing it has proven to be one of the most effective measures to help reduce consumption. "We have also taken this time to highlight the link between smoking and severe COVID-19 illness, and these activities will continue to intensify during the coming months", said Dr. Al Mulla. The UN agency created the hashtag #TobaccoExposed and invited social media users to spread the news about the risks of using tobacco on Tik Tok, Instagram, YouTube, and even Tinder.

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