May 31st is World No Tobacco Day

Staff Writer
Gonzales Weekly Citizen

World No Tobacco Day (WNTD) is an annual program of the World Health Organization (WHO), which highlights the health risks associated with tobacco use and advocates for effective policies to reduce tobacco consumption. The focus of this year’s World No Tobacco Day is "Tobacco and heart disease."

The 2018 campaign is designed to increase awareness about the link between tobacco and heart & other cardiovascular diseases, including stroke, which combined are the world’s leading causes of death.

In recognition of World No Tobacco Day 2018, the Smoking Cessation Trust is encouraging Louisiana smokers (22.8% according to the United Health Foundation’s 2017 America’s Health Rankings® Report) to take this opportunity to eliminate tobacco from their lives.

Tobacco use is the leading cause of preventable death in the United States, imposing a terrible toll in health, lives and dollars on families, businesses and government. Tobacco kills 480,000 people annually – more than AIDS, alcohol, car accidents, illegal drugs, murders and suicides combined. Additionally, tobacco costs Louisiana $1.89 billion in health care expenditures and $2.49 billion in lost productivity annually.

“With the tobacco industry now admitting publicly that there is a definitive link between smoking and heart disease, we can confidently say that the cessation services we provide at no-charge to eligible Louisiana residents are successfully helping people to completely eliminate the harmful effects of smoking cigarettes from their lives,” said Mike Rogers, CEO of the Smoking Cessation Trust Management Services (“SCTMS”).

To date, Smoking Cessation Trust has reached more than 90,000 Louisianans with the message that quitting now is one of the best things they can do for their health, their families and their wallets. 

For more information or to apply for the free products and services provided by the Trust, visit; call locally at 504-529-5665 or toll-free at 855-259-6346. For a list of statewide smoking cessation providers, click here.

Contributed by the Smoking Cessation Trust