Bangladesh observes World No-Tobacco Day highlighting devastating impact on families

Besides improving health and reducing poverty, less tobacco use also means less large-scale environmental degradation, says a World Health Organization report-the global agency behind World No Tobacco Bay-which found tobacco waste is the largest type of litter by count globally.

According to the data available on The Tobacco Atlas website, the country has done practically nothing in the years under review to warn Nigerians about the dangers of Tobacco smoking in media campaigns.

By 2030, the number of deaths caused by tobacco will grow over eight million, and third world countries like Bangladesh will have to bear the consequences, said a statement of Progga. It also supported member states and civil society to combat tobacco industry interference in political processes, in turn leading to stronger national tobacco control action and demonstrate how individuals contributed in making a sustainable, tobacco-free world, either by committing to never taking up tobacco products, or by quitting the habit.

It has been estimated that tobacco kills more than seven million people every year and costs households and governments over 1.4 trillion dollar through health care expenditure and lost productivity.

She called for the introduction of stiff policy to control illicit trade in tobacco, adding that this would help to reduce tobacco use and its health and economic outcome.

The Health Department said on Wednesday that World No Tobacco Day is a platform to promote healthy lifestyles, decrease morbidity and improve life expectancy.

Tobacco smoke emissions contribute thousands of tons of human carcinogens, toxicants, and greenhouse gases to the environment. And tobacco waste is the largest type of litter by count globally.

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

Tobacco consumption affects the poorest people the most and exacerbates poverty.

Officials said that warning signs against use of tobacco at the point of sales were often removed by shopkeepers, and smoking in public places still continues.

Tobacco use is a leading cause of preventable deaths and contracting diseases globally with almost 6 million fatalities annually attributed to consumption and exposure to smoke.

  • Leroy Wright