GIS:-More than seven million people die from tobacco use every year.
Saint Lucia joined the rest of the world to highlight the health and associated risks of tobacco use, and to advocate for effective policies to reduce tobacco consumption.
World No Tobacco Day was observed on May 31, under the theme “Tobacco – a Threat to Development.”
Charmaine Hippolyte, Director of the Substance Abuse Advisory Council Secretariat said tobacco negatively impacts those who use it. She added that controlling the tobacco epidemic can save lives, reducing health inequalities, break the cycle of poverty, contribute to ending hunger, promote economic growth, and combat climate change. However, a collaborated effort to curb tobacco consumption is needed.
More than seven million people die from tobacco use every year, a figure that is predicted to grow without intensified action. Tobacco use is a threat to everyone, regardless of gender, age, race, cultural or educational background.
The World Health Organization noted that mortality figures across the globe are predicted to grow to more than eight million a year by 2030 without intensified action implemented against tobacco consumption.