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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