Mizoram observes World No Tobacco Day

Mizoram observes World No Tobacco Day

This day celebrates every year on 31st May.

In addition to the health and economic costs linked to smoking, the WHO report for the first time delved into the environmental impact of everything from tobacco production to the cigarette butts and other waste produced by smokers.

And waste from the process contains over 7,000 toxic chemicals that poison the environment, including human carcinogens.

The campaign aims to demonstrate the threats that the tobacco industry poses to sustainable development, including the health and economic well-being of citizens in all countries.

While commending the Federal Ministry of Health under the leadership of Isaac Adewole, the health minister, for taking the lead in the fight against non-communicable diseases in the country, Ms. Fagbemi said the government's bold step in signing the National Tobacco Control Bill into law is a major step towards achieving a tobacco free Nigeria.

"Tobacco threatens us all", says WHO Director-General Dr Margaret Chan. One in five adults and one out of six youths smoke, amounting to nearly 11 million smokers.

"Tobacco use worsens health inequalities and exacerbates poverty, as the poorest people spend less on essentials such as food, education and healthcare", Moeti said.

Tobacco farming, it said, stops children attending school.

Tobacco contributes to 16% of all noncommunicable diseases (NCDs) deaths, it said. Every country in the world has committed to eradicating poverty through the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, which includes implementing WHO's Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC). The health costs, as well as the government expenditure to solve the damages that it causes, are estimated at the trillion.

The challans were issued to people found smoking in public places or selling tobacco to children.

The East African nation has signed and ratified World Health Organization (WHO) protocols to protect the current and future generations from consequences of consumption and exposure to tobacco and to provide rehabilitation and cessation programs to consumers of tobacco product. Tobacco manufacturing also produces over 2 million tonnes of solid waste.

The economic cost of tobacco stood at around $1 trillion per year, the World Health Organization said, due to lost productivity due to illness and premature death.

"Governments collect almost 270 billion dollars in tobacco tariffs annually, but, the report identified, this could increase by over 50 per cent, generating 141 billion dollars more by globally raising cigarettes taxes by 80 cents per pack, or one worldwide dollar".

When it comes to taxes, Dr. Chestnov stated that increasing tobacco tax prices is one of the least used, but most effective measures to help countries target development needs.

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