Beating tobacco for health, prosperity, the environment and national development

Posted May 31, 2017

"By 2030, more than 80 percent of the deaths will occur in developing countries, which have been increasingly targeted by tobacco companies seeking new markets to circumvent tightening regulation in developed nations", the statement said.

The report said in the 1970s and 1980s, 69 tobacco growing countries, mainly in Asia and Africa, experienced fuel wood shortages related to tobacco production that accelerated deforestation in those countries.

With World No Tobacco Day on Wednesday, the Gurgaon police, along with Sambandh Health Foundation, in collaboration with the Voice of Tobacco Victims (VoTV), is extending the drive to curb tobacco consumption to the entire district.

"Tobacco threatens us all", says WHO Director-General Dr Margaret Chan.

Poverty: Around 860 million adult smokers live in low- and middle-income countries.

According to World Health Organization, over 7 million people die from tobacco use every year, a figure that is predicted to grow to over 8 million a year by 2030 without intensified action. "From start to finish, the tobacco life cycle is an overwhelmingly polluting and damaging process".

Dr Chan adds: "But by taking robust tobacco control measures, governments can safeguard their countries' futures by protecting tobacco users and non-users from these deadly products, generating revenues to fund health and other social services, and saving their environments from the ravages tobacco causes".

Pharmacies to remain closed on May 30
An apex body of chemists has called the strike in protest against the stringent regulations on the sale of medicines. Having said that, the strike will be very inconvenient for patients and can even cause serious repercussions.

Once in the hands of the consumer, tobacco smoke emissions spewed out thousands of tons of human carcinogens, toxic substances and greenhouse gases.

Up to two-thirds of the 15 billion cigarettes sold daily are disposed of in the environment and cigarette butts account for 30-40% of all items collected in coastal and urban cleanups, the agency added.

Children and education: Tobacco farming stops children attending school.

"However, the drive was stopped since April 2016 and only few persons were booked for consuming tobacco at public places", said a senior official who wished not to be named.Rituraj Bass, who runs an NGO, said, "The government is spending crores to create awareness among public about ill-effects of consuming tobacco for the past few years".

It also focuses on the environmental damage caused by the immediate consumption of tobacco products, as well as "the post-consumption waste and health implications that continue to play out long after the tobacco has been smoked".

Women: 60%-70% of tobacco farm workers are women, putting them in close contact with often hazardous chemicals. "One of the least used, but most effective tobacco control measures is through increasing tobacco tax and prices", Chestnov said.