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No Smoking Day 2024, Date, History, Theme and Significance

Every year, No Smoking Day is celebrated across the world to spread awareness about the harmful effects of smoking. It encourages people to quit smoking and promotes the importance of a smoke-free environment. No Smoking Day is observed annually on March 13.

History of No Smoking Day

The first No Smoking Day was celebrated on Ash Wednesday in 1984 in the United Kingdom. It is now observed on the second Wednesday of March every year. This health awareness event was started to help smokers who want to quit smoking but are unable to do so. Since 1984, it has gained importance and is observed yearly in the UK.

Importance of No Smoking Day

It is crucial to inform people about the harmful effects of smoking and motivate them to quit. No Smoking Day provides a life-saving opportunity to help people quit smoking. The day aims to promote healthy lifestyles and a smoke-free environment.

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), the tobacco epidemic is one of the biggest public health threats globally, killing over 8 million people every year. More than 7 million of these deaths are due to direct tobacco use, while around 1.3 million are due to non-smokers being exposed to second-hand smoke. Despite being aware of these alarming death rates, many people still smoke and find it difficult to quit.

Theme for No Smoking Day 2024

Each year, the No Smoking Day campaign is promoted with an innovative theme. The theme for No Smoking Day 2024 is ‘Protecting children from tobacco industry interference.’


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