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Why is World No Tobacco Day celebrated on May 31?

Tobacco use is the second cause of cardiovascular diseases

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Every May 31 World No Tobacco Day is celebrated in order to highlight the risks associated with smoking, both for health and in other areas.

In 1987, the World Health Organization (WHO) promulgated a resolution declaring April 7, 1988 as a “World Day without smoking”, which aimed to encourage consumers to refrain from smoking tobacco for 24 hours.

And in 1988, the WHO Assembly adopted resolution WHA42,19, which declared May 31 of each year as World No Tobacco Day.

In 2018 this celebration focuses on the impact that smoking has on the cardiovascular health of people around the world. This year, the motto of this celebration is “Tobacco and heart disease”.

Tobacco use is an important risk factor for the development of coronary heart disease, stroke and peripheral vascular disease.

There is little general knowledge that tobacco is one of the main causes of cardiovascular diseases.

Cigarette smoking is the second cause of cardiovascular diseases, after high blood pressure, consumption and exposure to secondhand smoke contribute to about 17% of deaths from heart disease.

In Mexico, the smoking rate is 14.2%, of which 21.4% are men and 6.9% are women.

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