Smoking Current Affairs - 2020

May 31: World No Tobacco Day

Every year, on May 31, World No Tobacco Day is being marked by the World Health Organization

Highlights

The day creates awareness about the dangers of using tobacco. The World No Tobacco Day initiative was adopted in 1987 by the WHO. The day also draws attention to more than 8 million deaths that occurs due to Tobacco. This year the day is celebrated under following theme

Theme: Protecting Youth

The theme focuses to protect youth from industry manipulation an preventing them from nicotine and tobacco use.

This year, on world no tobacco day, initiatives are to be brought in that will demonstrate the young generation on taking control of tobacco addiction.

Significance

The World Health Organization reports that around 17% of young people in the age of 15 and 24 are smoking. A person who starts smoking before the age of 20 is more likely to develop an addiction. Also, World No Tobacco Awards are distributed on this day.

World Vape Day to be observed on May 30

The World Vape Day is to be observed on May 30 all over the world. It aims to increase awareness on e-cigarettes and help smokers that are unable to quit smoking.

India will also observe World Vape Day on May 30

Significance

Vaping reduces smoking related sickness. The number of vapers in the world has increased from 7 million in 2011 to 41 million in 2018. The emissions from e-cigarettes are not different from ordinary air.

It is important to increase the awareness about vaping as there are more than 80,000 young people becoming addicted to tobacco according to World Health Organization.

About E-Cigarette

The Electronic Cigarette is a battery-operated device. It converts liquid nicotine into mist, vapor.

The E-Cigarette users inhale just like a regular cigarette user. As the e-cigarette user inhales, the atomizer gets activated to heat the liquid nicotine into vapour. Thus, the vapour reaches the lungs as the user inhales and gives a smoking effect.

The smoke exhaled by the E-cigarette user is similar to that of the regular cigarette user. However, the smoke is harmless.

The liquid that is filled in the cartridge is ethylene glycol.