World No Tobacco Day occurs every year on May 31, highlighting the health risks associated with tobacco use and advocating for effective policies to reduce tobacco consumption. According to the Campaign for Tobacco Free Kids, a staggering 601,400 adults in Arkansas use tobacco. Despite the fact that tobacco use is the single most preventable cause of death globally, approximately 4,900 adults die each year in Arkansas from their own smoking. Stamp Out Smoking encourages individuals to participate in World No Tobacco Day in an effort to improve the health and life expectancy of Arkansans.
World No Tobacco Day 2013 focuses on banning tobacco advertising, promotion and sponsorship. Evidence shows that comprehensive advertising bans lead to a reduced number of people starting and continuing smoking. The World Health Organization proposes that banning tobacco advertising and sponsorship is one of the most cost-effective ways to reduce tobacco demand.
The World Health Organization has provided tools to help you publicize World No Tobacco Day, strengthening the event’s impact across the country. Review the tools provided in links below and implement tobacco cessation and prevention activities in your community.
Stamp Out Smoking will proudly share a summary of your event and photos on the website or in the next e-newsletter. You can submit materials to Miriam.Karanja@arkansas.gov. Please keep Stamp Out Smoking and Arkansas informed about how you promote World No Tobacco Day.