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World No Tobacco Day


Every year, on May 31, the World Health Organization (WHO) and global partners celebrate World No Tobacco Day (WNTD). The annual campaign is an opportunity to raise awareness on the harmful and deadly effects of tobacco use and second-hand smoke exposure, and to discourage the use of tobacco in any form.

World No Tobacco Day 2023 will focus on the multiple ways that exposure to tobacco affects the health of people’s lungs worldwide. These include lung cancer, chronic respiratory disease and air pollution.

Tobacco growing and production exacerbates food insecurity

The growing food crisis is driven by conflicts and wars, climatic shocks, and the economic and social impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic. Structural causes like the choice of crop also have an impact, and a look into tobacco growing reveals how it contributes to increased food insecurity:

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Youth smoking rate falls to 2.3 percent in teens in 2021

Youth smoking dropped to an all-time low of 2.3% in 2021 – down from nearly 23% in 2000 – according to recent data from the University of Michigan’s Monitoring the Future study, representing a colossal win for public health initiatives tackling smoking in young people, including those led by Truth Initiative®.
The new number, released today in the University of Michigan's Monitoring the Future study, marks the lowest rate for students in eighth, 10th and 12th grades since tracking began more than 40 years ago. Cigarette smoking has now dropped 79 percent from its peak in 1997 when more than a quarter of young people smoked, underscoring the success of public education campaigns like Truth Initiative®’s truth® campaign, and programs from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Food and Drug Administration.


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Social distancing gives parents insight into kids’ vaping

With schools closed and stay-at-home orders in full swing due to COVID-19, youth who vape have fewer places to hide their vaping behavior from their parents.

For many parents now working remotely, the distracting smell of menthol or other flavors from their child vaping in or around the house may catch them off-guard. They may also notice mood swings, agitation, impulsivity, and an inability to concentrate from their child using nicotine or dealing with cravings or withdrawal.

Indeed, a silver lining to this quarantine might be the golden opportunity this gives parents to talk to their kids about vaping and help them break the harmful behavior.

COVID-19 and youth vaping

Just how prevalent is youth vaping?

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