May 31, 2010

May 31st World No Tobacco Day in 1987 - 23years of FAIL

Tobacco use is the leading cause of preventable death worldwide and is estimated to kill 5 million persons each year. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), if current trends continue, by 2030 tobacco use could cause 8 million deaths annually (1).

WHO created World No Tobacco Day in 1987 to draw global attention to tobacco use and the preventable death and disease it causes. The theme for this year's World No Tobacco Day, which will be held on May 31, is "gender and tobacco, with an emphasis on marketing to women."

The WHO Framework ... expresses alarm at "the increase in smoking and other forms of tobacco consumption by women and young girls worldwide".
Additional information regarding World No Tobacco Day is available at CDC

In related FAIL: a two-year-old boy is a chain smoker parents ca$h in.

Rizal, who lives in a fishing village Musi Banyuasin, Indonesia, smokes at least 40 cigarettes in a day. He got addicted to smoking after his father gave him a fag when he was just 18 months. He weighs more than 25 kilograms and finds it almost impossible to run with other kids.

"He's totally addicted. If he doesn't get cigarettes, he gets angry and screams and batters his head against the wall. He tells me he feels dizzy and sick," said her mother Daina.

Rizal smokes a particular brand and his habit costs his parents more than $5 a day. The officials of the village have offered to buy the family a car if he quits.

However Rizal's father Mohammed, a fishmonger finds no problem with his habit and believes his son is quite healthy.

"He looks pretty healthy to me. I don't see the problem," said Mohammed.