World No Tobacco Day -31st May

Written by
Dr Ayub Macharia

This day is dedicated to creating awareness of the dangers of smoking.  Every 8 seconds , a person dies of a tobacco related disease worldwide. By 2030 it is projected that cigarettes will be responsible for over 10 million deaths annually.
Tobacco has the potential of overtaking HIV / AIDS as a major killer. Tobacco smoking affects the active smoker , non- smokers inhaling the smoke and even the unborn child . More than 20 different diseases are known to be linked to tobacco use.
The tobacco industry generates a lot of money for the government through taxation. However for every coin that comes in, the government loses twice as much through medical expenses , sick leaves and the death of people in tobacco related ailments. Loses are therefore more than the gains.
Suggested activities

  1. Organize a peaceful street march to protest against smoking.
  2. Make posters to inform people the dangers of smoking.
  3. Compose songs, poems and drama to inform people the dangers of smoking
  4.  Invite a medical expert to share with the school/ community about the dangers of smoking
  5. Find out for more information on the names and symptoms of diseases associated with use of tobacco.
  6.  Write an essay or summary notes on how you celebrated the world No Tobacco Day. Publicise your success on this blog.

For further Information, contact:
Ministry of Health and Sanitation
World Health Organization – Kenya office

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