World No Tobacco Day - 31st May 2020 #SAYNOTOTOBACCO

World No Tobacco Day - Every year, on 31 May, the World Health Organization - WHO and global partners celebrate World No Tobacco Day - WNTD. The annual campaign is an opportunity to raise awareness on the harmful and deadly effects of tobacco use and second-hand smoke exposure, and to discourage the use of tobacco in any form.

We'll like you to share this on social media on 31st May 2020, at 11 AM and also help us to reach people by sharing this survey form. 

Did You Know:
  • Smoking in public places was prohibited nationwide from 2 October 2008.
  • Smoking about one cigarette per day carries 40–50 percent of the risk for coronary heart disease and stroke that is associated with smoking 20 per day.
  • Over 7,000 chemical compounds have been identified in cigarette smoke, including about 250 poisonous and almost 70 carcinogenic chemicals. 5 Carbon monoxide, arsenic, hydrogen cyanide, and benzene are all present in cigarette smoke, along with a host of others.
  • At least 69 of these chemicals are known to cause cancer, and many are toxic.
  • There are approximately 120 million smokers in India. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), India is home to 12% of the world’s smokers. More than 1 million people die every year due to tobacco-related illnesses. As of 2015, the number of men smoking tobacco in India rose to 108 million, an increase of 36%, between 1998 and 2015.
  • According to a 2002 WHO estimate, 70% of adult males in India smoke. Among adult females, the figure is much lower at between 13–15%. About 90% of children under the age of 16 years (10th class) have used some form of tobacco in the past, and 70% are still using tobacco products. Smokeless tobacco is more prevalent than cigarettes or bidis in India.
  • According to the study, "A Nationally Representative Case-Control Study of Smoking and Death in India", tobacco will be responsible for 1 in 5 of all male deaths and 1 in 20 of all female deaths in the country by 2010. This means approximately 1 million Indians would die annually from smoking by 2010.
  • According to the Indian Heart Association (IHA), India accounts for 83% of the world's heart disease burden, despite having less than 20% of the world's population. The IHA has identified a reduction in smoking as a significant target of cardiovascular health prevention efforts.
  • A survey conducted by the International Institute of Population Science and the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, reveals that 56.6% of people in Kolkata smoke, the highest rate in the country. 82% of men and 23.5% of women smoke in Kolkata. The highest number of beedi smokers are in Uttarakhand.
  • Hookah bars are banned in state of Maharashtra. Serving hookah is punishable by a fine of ₹1,200 (US$17). The BMC had banned hookah bars in Mumbai on 2 July 2011.
  • E-Cigarettes Law : Import, sales and consumption of e-cigarettes is banned in India. Punjab became the first state in India to ban E-cigarettes in 2014. Following the incidents of mass confiscation of E-cigarettes from various teenagers in schools of Delhi and NCR, Indian government banned sale and import of e-cigarettes.
We request you to please use the below hashtags and share this on social media platforms on 31st May 2020 at 11 AM.
#WorldNoTobaccoDay #SayNoToTobacco #StopSmoking #DropTheStick