May 31 Is World No Tobacco Day

The World Health Organization  has designated May 31 as “World No Tobacco Day” to educate the public on the dangers of using tobacco and what they can do to stop it.

Tobacco is widely used all over the world, and the negative health effects are staggering.

Tobacco use kills more than 5.6 million people each year, or one every six seconds; 600,000 of these deaths are due to second-hand smoke.

Smoking causes lung and other cancers, heart disease and respiratory diseases. Approximately half of all long-term smokers will die from tobacco-caused diseases.

Angel MedFlight sees firsthand the devastating impact of tobacco use, with tobacco-related patient medical transports ranging from cancer to stroke to lung transplant patients.

Quitting Smoking

When people quit smoking, their risk for smoking-related diseases decreases over time, and continues to decrease the longer they stay smoke-free.

Visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website for online and print resources to help with quitting smoking.

Sources: World Health Organization, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

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