World No Tobacco Day

The Huffington Post’s Amanda L. Chan posted an article about World No Tobacco Day. Today marks the 25th anniversary of the campaign that focuses on “the need to expose and counter the tobacco industry’s brazen and increasingly aggressive attempts to undermine global tobacco control efforts” (World Health Organization).

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), tobacco takes 6 million lives each year with 600,000 of those deaths coming from second-hand smoke.

Chan’s article featured the smoking rates of all fifty states reported by Gallup-Healthways. Kentucky had the highest smoking rate with 27.6 percent of the state’s population saying they smoked in 2011.

Study researchers hope that the World No Tobacco Day campaign will encourage people to quit smoking. The habit is accountable for 90% of lung cancer deaths in men and 80% in women according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Although smoking rates have decreased over the years, health specialists hope that World No Tobacco Day will further provide people important information on the dangers of smoking and using tobacco products. Dr. Ann Wending, M.D., MPH, medical director of Tobacco Cessation at Healthways said, “evidence-based programs such as telephone quitlines and web-based programs along with quit medication, have been shown to help break the physical, psychological and behavioral addiction to tobacco.”

To read the full article and see the smoking rates for all fifty states, click here.

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