On May 31, the world celebrates the World No Tobacco Day (WNTD) promoting healthy environment; a call to reduce Nicotine consumption aiming to put an end for death tolls resulted of tobacco.
A large number of anti-smoking commercials and awareness campaigns target highlighting tobacco perils where over 165,000 children under the age of 5 die annually due to respiratory diseases and breathing problems as a result of being exposed to second-hand smoke.
Every year, Tobacco kills over 8 million people and 2 million victims of negative smoking.
Studies show that smoking cause the death of one person every 4 seconds and 22 per day because of heart attack, stroke, throat cancer, heart diseases, sudden death and other diseases associated to tobacco use.
Exposure to tobacco product marketing promotes the initiation, continuation, and reuptake of cigarette smoking. As a result, the World Health Organization Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (WHO FCTC) has called upon member Parties to enact comprehensive bans on tobacco advertising and promotion.
The World Health Organization (WHO) aims to reduce the rate of smoking to only 30 percent by the end of 2025 in which world governments agreed on raising cigarette taxes to limit tobacco’s deaths.
Nationally, every 10 percent increase in cigarette prices reduces youth smoking by about 7 percent and total cigarette consumption by about 4 percent.
It is worth noting that every state that has significantly increased its cigarette tax has enjoyed substantial increases in revenue, even while reducing smoking.
“Unfortunately our youth is the prey of smoking companies where exposure to tobacco product marketing promotes the initiation, continuation, and reuptake of cigarette smoking. That is in addition to hookah and its harmful components; these are our fatal enemies. This is the battle that we have to cooperate to win,” member at Anti-Cancer Society (ACS) Faten Ghattas said.
ACS published the results of a survey conducted in 2019 stating that over 50 percent of smokers ranging from 25-34 year want to quit because of its high prices and about 46 percent of smokers from the age of 18-24 regret trying cigarettes in the first place.
The survey reveals also that 30.2 percent of people quit smoking due to their insistence and awareness and 13.2 quit smoking after attending giving up smoking courses.