Tobacco Control Organizations in Louisiana Celebrate World No Tobacco Day 2016

Staff Writer
Gonzales Weekly Citizen

     Every year on May 31st, the World Health Organization (WHO), marks World No Tobacco Day (WNTD), highlighting the health risks associated with tobacco use and advocating for effective policies to reduce tobacco consumption.

     “This year we observe World No Tobacco Day to educate on the predatory advertising tactics of the tobacco industry and the need for regulation of those advertising practices,” said Tonia Moore, Associate Director for the Louisiana Campaign for Tobacco-Free Living (TFL). “This education along with the additional comprehensive efforts in tobacco prevention and control by TFL and our many partners are all effective tools in decreasing smoking, and improving the health and prevention of our young people from ever smoking."

     In recognition of WNTD, The Louisiana Campaign for Tobacco-Free Living (TFL), a program of the Louisiana Cancer Research Center (LCRC) and the Louisiana Public Health Institute (LPHI), along with many partners and volunteers, including The Communities of Color Network (CoC) will be on hand at events statewide to provide families and congregations educational information about the many dangers of tobacco use and provide information on cessation services including the free quit resources offered by the Smoking Cessation Trust. 

     “We are committed to our work with Louisiana’s cessation coalition to support all initiatives that encourage our people to quit tobacco products for good. Simple actions like World No Tobacco Day and plain packaging regulations for tobacco products could help encourage people to quit because smokers won’t be as easily enticed by colorful branding and images,” said Mike Rogers, CEO, Smoking Cessation Trust.

     Tobacco use remains the single largest preventable cause of death and disease in the United States, with nearly six million people dying of tobacco-related diseases each year, including more than 600,000 nonsmokers who are exposed to secondhand smoke. If current trends persist, tobacco will kill more than eight million people each year by 2030. In Louisiana, more than 23% of adults and 12% of youth smoke cigarettes – the only consumer product that when used as directed, will kill half of its users. In fact, more than 7,200 adults die each year and 98,000 kids now under age 18 will ultimately die prematurely from smoking in Louisiana.

      Throughout the state there will be several of World No Tobacco Day events taking place, for full event details visit www.tobaccofreeliving.org