MNA Feature Desk: World No Tobacco Day (WNTD) will be observed on Wednesday in the country as elsewhere across the world highlighting the health and additional risks associated with tobacco uses, and advocating for effective policies to reduce tobacco consumption, reported news agency.
The theme for World No Tobacco Day 2017 is “Tobacco – a threat to development.”
President Abdul Hamid and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina issued separate messages on the eve of the day calling upon all to make united efforts to wage anti-tobacco campaigns across the country to have healthy population to build a developed and prosperous Bangladesh.
The day is intended to encourage a 24-hour period of abstinence from all forms of tobacco consumption around the globe.
The day is further intended to draw attention to the widespread prevalence of tobacco use and to negative health effects, which currently lead to nearly 6 million deaths each year worldwide, including 600,000 of which are the results of non-smokers being exposed to second-hand smoke.
The member states of the World Health Organization (WHO) created the Day in 1987. In the past twenty nine years, the day has been met with both enthusiasm and resistance around the globe from governments, public health organizations, smokers, growers, and the tobacco industry.