LITTLE ROCK, AR (News Release) - Stamp Out Smoking encourages Arkansas to participate in the 26th World No Tobacco Day on May 31. World No Tobacco Day is an annual event that the World Health Organization (WHO) and partners mark to highlight the health risks associated with tobacco use and advocate for effective policies to reduce tobacco consumption. According to the WHO, tobacco kills nearly six million people each year, of which more than 600,000 are non-smokers dying from breathing second-hand smoke.
World No Tobacco Day 2013 focuses on banning tobacco advertising, promotion and sponsorship. Evidence shows that comprehensive advertising bans lead to reductions in the numbers of people starting and continuing smoking. The WHO proposes that banning tobacco advertising and sponsorship is one of the most cost-effective ways to reduce tobacco demand.
According to the Campaign for Tobacco Free Kids, a staggering 601,400 adults in Arkansas use tobacco. Despite the fact that tobacco use is the single most preventable cause of death globally, approximately 4,900 adults die each year in Arkansas from their own smoking. Stamp Out Smoking encourages individuals to participate in World No Tobacco Day in an effort to improve the health and life expectancy of Arkansans.
World No Tobacco Day: Global Focus Hits Home in Arkansas
“Arkansas has a variety of great resources to help tobacco users quit,” said Program Director for the WCAAA Tobacco-free Coalition. “World No Tobacco Day, coupled with the dangerous health effects caused by tobacco use and growing costs of tobacco products, is a powerful reminder for Arkansans to take advantage of resources like the Arkansas Tobacco Quitline.”
The Quitline which can be reached by calling 1-800-QUIT- NOW, provides free motivational counseling with a trained Quit Coach® and free nicotine replacement therapy medications while supplies last. The Quitline is available 24 hours a day and seven days a week. Counseling is tailored to the specific needs of the tobacco user.