Every year, on 31 May, World Health Organisation (WHO) and partners everywhere mark World No Tobacco Day, highlighting the health risks associated with tobacco use and advocating for effective policies to reduce tobacco consumption. Tobacco use is the single most preventable cause of death globally and is currently responsible for killing one in 10 adults worldwide.
The theme for World No Tobacco Day 2013 is: ban tobacco advertising, promotion and sponsorship.
Evidence shows that comprehensive advertising bans lead to reductions in the numbers of people starting and continuing smoking. Statistics show that banning tobacco advertising and sponsorship is one of the most cost-effective ways to reduce tobacco demand.
Australiais a WHO member and a world leader in plain packaging legislation. The WHO applauded Australia’s federal law on plain packaging noting that “the legislation sets a new global standard for the control of a product that accounts for nearly 6 million deaths each year”
With the plain packaging and tax increases the Australian government aims to bring down smoking rates from 16.6 per cent in 2007 to less than 10 per cent by 2018.
The global tobacco epidemic kills more than 600 000 non-smokers from breathing second-hand smoke. Effective 7 January 2013 the NSW Smoke-free Environment Act was amended to include legislation making the following area’s smoke free –
- Within 10 metres of children’s play equipment in an outdoor public place
- Open area’s of swimming pool complexes
- Spectator areas of sports ground or other recreational areas during sporting events
- At pubic transport stops and stations – rail, tram, ferry, bus, taxi
- Within 4m of a pedestrian entrance to a public access building eg: shopping centres
Lyndal O’Leary the Manager of Health Promotion stated “The ultimate goal of World No Tobacco Day is to raise awareness and contribute to the protection of present and future generations not only from devastating tobacco related health consequences, but also against the social, environmental and economic impacts of tobacco use and exposure to tobacco smoke.”
For More Information contact: Michele Singleton, Health Promotion Officer, Population Health, Western NSW & Far Western Local Health Districts on 02 6363 8011 or email Michele.email@example.com