Today, on 31st of May, the world unites to observe World No Tobacco Day, an annual event that aims to raise awareness about the health risks associated with the use of tobacco and to advocate for effective policies to reduce tobacco consumption.

Ghetto radio has constantly been on the forefront to champion for rehabilitation and behavior change on the Saturday mid-morning show #SareMadree hosted by Elishifa Wangechi. The programme(SareMadree) spreads awareness about harmful effects of tobacco(among other drugs) in an effort to create a tobacco free generation.

With the theme being “We need food, not Tobacco” this year’s “World No Tobacco” campaign urges individuals and governments to take concrete actions towards creating food security as we strive to achieve a smoke-free future.

According to reports, Tobacco consumption is a major global public health challenge, leading to approximately 8 million deaths each year.

The studies also show that besides causing fatal diseases such as cancer, heart disease, and respiratory disorders, tobacco use also adds to the burden on healthcare systems and contributes to economic challenges.

Around the globe, various activities and initiatives are being carried out to mark this crucial day. Public health organizations, governments, NGOs and communities are organizing awareness campaigns, public events, and educational programs to inform and educate the people on the dangers of smoking and the best coping mechanisms when quiting.

Role of the Government.

Our governments play a pivotal role when it comes to mitigating tobacco consumption, and World No Tobacco Day provides a platform to push for stronger policies and regulations.

Some effective measures that countries have adopted to discourage tobacco use include increased taxation, restricted advertising and promotion bans, graphic warning labels on cigarette packs, and the adoption of smoke-free policies.

International bodies for instance, the World Health Organization (WHO), are supporting these efforts by providing technical assistance, data, and guidance to governments in the fight against tobacco use.

In recent past, several countries have made significant strides in efforts to control tobacco. Even though there is still a long way to go, a smoke free world seems closer than ever before.

Role of the Individual.

For this year’s World No Tobacco Day, let us stand united in our commitment to quit tobacco and embrace a world where every individual can get the help they need in living a healthier life.

As individuals, we can contribute to this cause by spreading awareness among our friends, families, and colleagues, supporting those who are struggling to quit smoking, and advocating for stronger tobacco control policies in our communities.

By J.K.Raminya

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