According to the Center for Disease Control, the CDC, more deaths are caused each year by tobacco use than by all deaths from human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), illegal drug use, alcohol use, motor vehicle injuries, suicides, and murders combined. World No Tobacco Day is an effort to encourage all people to abstain or quit using tobacco. It's a global holiday created by the World Health Organization in 1987.
World No Tobacco Day is celebrated every year on May 31st. Each year there is a different theme designed to generate public awareness of the health implications of tobacco. The youth is particularly vulnerable. Tobacco companies know this and target them in their advertising and marketing campaigns. According to the World Health Organization, studies have shown that the more youth are exposed to tobacco advertising, the more likely they are to smoke and use tobacco.
No Tobacco Day Teaching Resources
You can help spread the message about tobacco use and smoking by celebrating No Tobacco Day in your classroom. Teacher Planet can help. Use their lesson plans, teaching resources, worksheets, and activities to help share the message with your young students. Help them learn to take care of their bodies and to be aware of marketing and advertising messages they receive.