Let’s Celebrate World No Tobacco Day

Posted on May 31, 2011

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World No Tobacco Day is celebrated every year on May 31st. On this day people are encouraged to give up all tobacco use for 24 hours. It is an opportunity to bring awareness to the prevalence of tobacco, as well as to educate people on the dangers of it.

Tobacco is a leading cause of preventable disease and illness world-wide. According to the World Health Organization “tobacco use is one of the biggest public health threats the world has ever faced. It kills more than five million people a year – an average of one person every six seconds – and accounts for one in 10 adult deaths”.

Lung cancer is one of the worst consequences of tobacco. 87% of all lung cancer deaths are caused by smoking. Other diseases caused by tobacco include lung disease, heart and blood vessel disease, oral cancer, stroke and cataracts. Almost every part of your body can be harmed.

The Mayor’s Health Line encourages you to give up all tobacco for the next 24 hours and for the rest of your life. If you think you have an addiction call us at 617-534-5050, and we will help you find a health program that is right for you.

For more information on tobacco take a look at this interactive tutorial. You can also see this tutorial in Spanish.

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