Friday, May 31, 2013

It's World No Tobacco Day 2013

Free yourself! This is WHO's message to all governments on World No Tobacco Day 2013 today, and their theme for this year is - ban tobacco advertising, promotion and sponsorship.

A comprehensive ban of all tobacco advertising, promotion and sponsorship is required under the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC). Tobacco kills nearly six million people every year, of which more than 600,000 are non-smokers exposed to second-hand smoke.

Government leaders worldwide must intervene, and implement Article 13 of the WHO FCTC.

Why? Because about one-third of youth experimentation with tobacco occurs as a result of exposure to tobacco advertising, promotion and sponsorship. Advertising bans significantly reduce the numbers of people starting and continuing to smoke. Banning tobacco advertising and sponsorship is one of the most cost-effective ways to reduce tobacco use.

And because, whatever will be, doesn't have to be. The future can be ours to see.

Source: Quit Victoria - Australia | HT: Smoke Free Donna

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