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Link tobacco control to Sustainable Development Agenda of United Nations: WHO
World No Tobacco Day (WNTD) is going to be observed around the world on May 31. The day is intended to draw attention to the widespread prevalence of tobacco use and its negative health effects and developmental retardation implications.

The member states of the World Health Organisation (WHO) had created WNTD in 1987 to be observed each year with different themes. This year, with the theme of the observance as "Tobacco – a threat to development", the event aims to link tobacco control to the Sustainable Development Agenda of United nations, and its 17 global goals to ensure that "no one is left behind".

The observance will encourage broader public and partner participation in national, regional and global efforts to develop and implement development strategies and plans and achieve goals that prioritise action on tobacco control.

The purpose of the observance also to promote abstinence from all forms of tobacco use and highlight the ill-health effects of tobacco products and demonstrate how individuals can contribute to making a sustainable, tobacco-free world, either by committing to never taking up tobacco products, or by quitting the habit.

On the occasion of WNTD, the World Health Organisation and its partner organisations have urged the world community to highlight the fact that the 'tobacco control supports health and development'.

We need to know health risks and developmental implications associated with tobacco use and stress the need for advocating effective policies to reduce tobacco consumption. "Tobacco kills nearly six million people each year, of which more than 600,000 are non-smokers dying from breathing second-hand smoke," remarked WHO.

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