World No Tobacco Day is an initiative of the World Health Organization (WHO) to make this world a healthier place to live in. It aims to eliminate the use of tobacco in all forms, thereby reducing the risk of various health concerns. It started off in 1987 as World No Smoking Day to bring in awareness about the ill effects of tobacco use and to encourage smokers to either reduce or quit smoking. This was celebrated on the 7th of April. A year later, the initiative was renamed World No Tobacco Day which was to be celebrated on 31st of May, every year. Wellness events, activities, discussions, webinars, talk shows are some of the methods by which WHO propagates World No Tobacco Day across the world.
The yearly undertaking focuses on a unique tobacco related theme to increase the awareness further and to achieve a global reach on tobacco concerns. The theme for 2019 is Tobacco and Lung Health. This is to bring in awareness about the importance of having healthy lungs which play a vital role in our overall physical health. It also talks about the ways in which tobacco can damage the lungs. It encourages eradicating the use of tobacco to create a world where everyone can breathe in safely.
The initiative aims to put an end to the use of tobacco in all forms: cigarettes, cigars, bidis, creamy snuff, kreteks, pipes, gutkha, chewing tobacco, rolling tobacco, snuff, snus and many more. It also talks about tobacco addiction and associates nicotine as the main cause for the addiction. Nicotine is a chemical found in tobacco that can trick the human brain in making itself seem like one of the necessities like food and water, which in turn leads to addiction. In addition to informing the risks of active smoking, the initiative also sheds light on the risks of passive smoking.
Tobacco consumption in India
The studies conducted by the World Health Organization show that CVDs (Cardiovascular Diseases) are the number one cause of death, causing 2,751,972 each year.
The studies also show that the following are some of the health concerns caused by tobacco:
Additionally, studies show that around 28% of the population consumes tobacco and that the mean age for tobacco consumption is around 18 years. This calls for increased awareness to prevent the initial phase of tobacco consumption. Control measures are essential for preventing and controlling deaths and disabilities caused by the consumption of tobacco.
How organizations and employees are affected by smoking
Smoking can cause health concerns at the employee’s end that can incur financial losses to the organization. The losses could manifest in the following ways:
For an employee, the losses could manifest in the following ways:
Studies show that around 70% of the employees are interested in quitting smoking. This makes it important for organizations to come up with initiatives and strategies that can help employees in quitting smoking.
What the organizations can do about it
Organizations can work on strategies regarding wellness initiatives encouraging employees to choose healthier lifestyles. The following are some of the ways to achieve this.
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