World No-Tobacco Day Observed on 31st May [ Current Affairs ]

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Every year on 31st May the World No-Tobacco Day (WNTD) is observed across the world to highlights the health risks related with consumption all forms of tobacco and advocating for effective policies to reduce tobacco consumption.

  • “World No Tobacco Day – Get ready for plain packaging” was the theme of 2016 which is aims to high spot this new trend packing tendency in global exertions to control tobacco products because around 6 million peoples lost their life yearly due to tobacco.

About Plain Packing

  • Plain packaging of tobacco products means no symbols, brand images, colours and advertising information on packaging other than brand and product names showed in a standard colour and font style.

How plain packaging works?

  • Plain packaging decreases the attraction of tobacco products.
  • It limits tobacco publicity and promotion.
  • It kills the charm, which is apt for a harmful product that kills people.
  • It restricts confusing labelling and packaging.
  • It growths the efficiency of health warnings.
  • WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC) has suggested plain packaging as part of a comprehensive approach to tobacco control.
  • Earlier Australia has fully implement plain packaging in 2012.
  • From May 2016, France and United Kingdom and Northern Ireland also have started implementation of plain packaging.

Background

  • World Health Assembly of WHO had passed a resolution on calling for the celebration of World No Tobacco Day every year on May 31 in 1988.
  • The WHO has maintained World No Tobacco Day (WNTD) every year, with connecting each year to a different tobacco-related theme since then.
  • WNTD is one of eight official global public health campaigns which was introduced by the WHO.

- Published on: June 2, 2016