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World No Tobacco Day 2019: WHO focuses on 'tobacco and lung health' this year

Updated : 2019-05-31 14:55:01

Every year, on May 31, the World Health Organization (WHO) and global partners celebrate World No Tobacco Day (WNTD). The annual campaign is an opportunity to raise awareness on the harmful and deadly effects of tobacco use and second-hand smoke exposure, and to discourage the use of tobacco in any form. The focus of World No Tobacco Day 2019 is on "tobacco and lung health." The campaign will increase awareness on: the negative impact that tobacco has on people’s lung health, from cancer to chronic respiratory disease, and the fundamental role lungs play for the health and well-being of all people. The campaign also serves as a call to action, advocating for effective policies to reduce tobacco consumption and engaging stakeholders across multiple sectors in the fight for tobacco control.

Source: World Health Organisation/Reuters

Students holding placards take part in a rally during the World No Tobacco Day in Kathmandu, Nepal May 31, 2019. REUTERS/Navesh Chitrakar - RC13883B2480
Students holding placards take part in a rally during the World No Tobacco Day in Kathmandu, Nepal May 31, 2019. REUTERS/Navesh Chitrakar - RC13883B2480
Primary school students wear masks with “No Smoking” sign during an event to promote the World No Tobacco Day on May 31, in Linyi, Shandong province, China May 30, 2019. China Daily via REUTERS
Primary school students wear masks with “No Smoking” sign during an event to promote the World No Tobacco Day on May 31, in Linyi, Shandong province, China May 30, 2019. China Daily via REUTERS
Students holding placards take part in a rally during the World No Tobacco Day in Kathmandu, Nepal May 31, 2019. REUTERS/Navesh Chitrakar 
Students holding placards take part in a rally during the World No Tobacco Day in Kathmandu, Nepal May 31, 2019. REUTERS/Navesh Chitrakar 
A teacher puts a badge on her student as they take part in a rally during the World No Tobacco Day in Kathmandu, Nepal May 31, 2019. REUTERS/Navesh Chitrakar 
A teacher puts a badge on her student as they take part in a rally during the World No Tobacco Day in Kathmandu, Nepal May 31, 2019. REUTERS/Navesh Chitrakar 
Students holding placards take part in a rally during the World No Tobacco Day in Kathmandu, Nepal May 31, 2019. REUTERS/Navesh Chitrakar 
Students holding placards take part in a rally during the World No Tobacco Day in Kathmandu, Nepal May 31, 2019. REUTERS/Navesh Chitrakar 
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