World No Tobacco Day
31 May 2013
Every year, on 31 May, WHO and partners everywhere mark World No Tobacco Day, highlighting the health risks associated with tobacco use and advocating for effective policies to reduce tobacco consumption. Tobacco use is the single most preventable cause of death globally and is currently responsible for killing one in 10 adults worldwide.
The global tobacco epidemic kills nearly 6 million people each year, of which more than 600 000 are non-smokers dying from breathing second-hand smoke. Unless we act, the epidemic will kill more than 8 million people every year by 2030. More than 80% of these preventable deaths will be among people living in low- and middle-income countries.
The ultimate goal of World No Tobacco Day is to contribute to protect present and future generations not only from these devastating health consequences, but also against the social, environmental and economic scourges of tobacco use and exposure to tobacco smoke.
The theme for World No Tobacco Day 2013 is: ban tobacco advertising, promotion and sponsorship.
The Ghana Health Service is advocating a ban on the use of cigarettes in Ghanaian movies as a way of controlling the use of tobacco in the country. The call comes as countries across the world mark No Tobacco Day Friday May 31.
Deputy Director and Head of Disease Control Department at the Service, Dr. Kyei Faried, told Joy News, although there have been some progress made in fighting tobacco use in Ghana, stopping smoking in movies will go a long way to bring success to the fight.
Dr Faried believes GHS has already made positive progress on some fronts in the fight against tobacco smoking. “For instance in Ghana you cannot [find] tobacco advertised openly”, he stated.
According to him, to facilitate the success of the fight against smoking, every agency must take up a responsibility towards the fight.
He said the Ghana Health Service’s plan for the year is to meet the leadership of the movie industry in the country to see they can prevent actors from “sticking a cigarette into their lips”.
Dr Faried also wants movie makers to start including to their scripts statements that will discourage smoking.
He believes this approach would be successful because the law prohibits “any act that will negatively influence somebody on the use of tobacco”.