World No Tobacco Day..!!!

World No Tobacco Day

World No Tobacco Day (WNTD) will be observed on May 31, 2023, by WHO and public health champions worldwide. “Grow food, not tobacco” is the theme for this year. The global campaign 2023 intends to create awareness among tobacco farmers about alternative crop production and selling prospects and urge them to grow sustainable, nutritional crops. It will also strive to expose the tobacco industry’s efforts to sabotage initiatives to replace tobacco cultivation with sustainable crops, thereby adding to the world food crisis. The tobacco business frequently portrays itself as championing tobacco growers’ livelihoods.The excessive use of insecticides and harmful chemicals during tobacco growing adds to the bad health of many farmers and their families. Furthermore, unfair contractual arrangements with tobacco businesses impoverish farmers, and child labour, frequently woven into tobacco farming, interferes with the right to education and violates human rights.

The 2023 WNTD campaign urges governments and policymakers to strengthen legislation, develop appropriate policies and strategies, and create market circumstances that allow tobacco farmers to move to cultivate food crops that will provide a better life for them and their families.  The WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control outlines specific principles and policy options for promoting economically viable alternatives for tobacco workers, growers, and individual sellers (outlined in Article 17) and enhancing environmental and public health protection (outlined in Article 18).Countries should improve their execution of these provisions. The World No Tobacco Day movement began in 1987 when the World Health Assembly passed a resolution calling for a global effort to combat the tobacco pandemic. In response, the WHO declared May 31 as World No-Tobacco Day to commemorate the anniversary of the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (WHO FCTC)’s ratification in 2003. This is the first international convention to limit tobacco smoking and its disastrous health consequences.

Theme of World No Tobacco Day 2023

This year’s World No Tobacco Day theme, “We need food, not tobacco,” aims to encourage tobacco growers to grow more sustainable and nutritional crops by raising awareness about marketing and production alternatives. Furthermore, the topic focuses on revealing the tobacco industry’s sabotage activities to replace tobacco with sustainable crops, resulting in a global food crisis. By raising knowledge of alternate crop production and marketing opportunities, the worldwide campaign 2023 hopes to inspire tobacco growers to produce nutrient-dense, sustainable crops. Furthermore, it will work to spotlight the tobacco industry’s efforts to interfere with plans to replace tobacco farming with ecologically friendly crops, which would exacerbate the global food crisis.On this day, government officials and policymakers develop and implement appropriate policies, tactics, and market conditions for tobacco producers by transitioning them to growing food crops to alleviate the food crisis. Furthermore, ecological activists and public social welfare organizations work together to promote attempts to stop the cultivation of tobacco plantations.

The harmful effects of smoking on our bodies

  • Dental Health
  • Mental well-being
  • The circulatory system
  • The immune system
  • System of digestion
  • Vision
  • Skincare
  • The reproduction system

Effects of Tobacco on the Environment

  • Over 35 lakh hectares of land are destroyed yearly to cultivate tobacco.
  • Every year, tobacco farming causes 2,00,000 hectares of deforestation and soil degradation.
  • Around 4.5 lakh crore cigarette butts are not adequately disposed of globally every year.
  • Every year, 80 crore kg of toxic waste is generated, and thousands of chemicals are released into the air, water, and land.
  • Tobacco cultivation consumes much water, reducing the planet’s water supply.


Smoking is a significant risk factor for various health conditions other than lung disease. Quitting smoking is one of the most effective things a person can do to enhance their health and lower their chances of developing these disorders.

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