It’s World No Tobacco Day today, an annual event that hopes to persuade people not to consume any tobacco on that day, and ideally forever.
“Get Ready for Plain Packaging” is this year’s theme for World Non Tobacco Day. Many are addicted to smoking following the attractiveness of the packing. As such the World Health Organization has unanimously decided to remove the attractiveness of the cigarette packs.
It should be remembered on this day when World No Tobacco Day was being commemorated, that it was the present Government that had taken initiatives to include picture warnings in the cigarette packs.
A successful programme is being launched with the mediation of the government to get rid of smoking apprising the repercussions that would have to be faced due to smoking. A cigarette contains about 4000 chemicals. No new mention should be made about its effects to the human body. There is a high trend of smoking causing ill effects socially, mentally as well as physically. It leads to heart diseases, cancer and respiratory defects.
It is reported that around 65 persons die daily due to smoking. A majority of them are between the ages of 40 and 55.
According to WHO statistics, the global tobacco epidemic kills nearly six million people each year. More than 600,000 are passive smokers dying from breathing second-hand smoke.
It is forecast that the number of deaths caused due to smoking by the year 2030 will rise to 10 million.
President Maithripala Sirisena while serving as Health Minister crafted a series of policies to minimize the use of tobacco-based products. Even a National Centre on Tobacco and Alcohol was launched. The law to apprise the people of the consumption of alcohol was also enforced.
It should be recalled on this day which World No Tobacco Day was being commemorated under the theme “Get Ready for Plain Packaging” the victory achieved by the present Government headed by the President to give a real meaning through such moves.