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NO TOBACCO DAY – A FORGOTTEN DAY IN THE CITY

World No Tobacco Day is a day where smokers around the world unite to break free from their dependence on tobacco. First held in 1988, and observed annually on May 31, this is the only global event established to raise awareness of the impact of tobacco use and promote a tobacco-free environment. In Navi Mumbai, the Mathadi Hospital at Koperkhairane organized an event to mark World No Tobacco Day by organizing a street play showcasing how tobacco is a killer. Every year, tobacco kills 3.5 million people around the world. In other words, about 10,000 people around the world die from tobacco every day. One million of these deaths currently occur in developing countries like ours. Currently, approximately 1.1 billion people around the world smoke. This includes manufactured cigarettes as well as other forms. Of these 1.1 billion smokers, around 3.5 million die every year as a result of tobacco-related illnesses. Globally, nearly 47% of men and 12% of women smoke. In developing countries like India, 48% of men and 7% of women smoke. The global tobacco epidemic is predicted to prematurely claim the lives of some 250 million children and adolescents, a third of whom are in developing countries. It is predicted that by the year 2020, tobacco will become the leading cause of death and disability, killing more than 10 million people annually, thus causing more deaths than HIV, tuberculosis, maternal mortality, motor vehicle accidents, suicide, and the likes. CMO Dr. Shreedhar Naik said that labors very often get addicted to tobacco hence, they have organized this play. Sighting how the ways of consuming tobacco defers from state to state he said that there is lack of awareness that needs to be created. Unfortunately despite NMMC being one of the richest municipal corporations and the city having many hospitals and many NGOs working, they all failed realize the significance of the day and create awareness. The so called leaders of the city dot the city skyline with their hoardings and banners for self promotion but like always, they continue to fail miserably to take up causes related to society and community. Cigarette smoking is injurious to health so say no to smoking and tobacco consumption. This message has been issued in public interest by Navi Mumbai News.

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