Socio Economic and Educational Development Society, Bihar is one of the winners in 2020
Every year, ‘World No Tobacco Day’ is observed on May 31st. Countries across the globe celebrate this day to raise awareness of the harmful and deadly effects of tobacco on human beings and nd to discourage the use of tobacco in any form.
The Member States of the World Health Organization started observing World No Tobacco Day in 1987 to draw global attention to the ill effects of tobacco use and the burden of diseases related to its use. The day is met with both enthusiasm and resistance around the globe from governments, public health organizations, smokers, growers, and the tobacco industry.
In 1988, a resolution was passed by the World Health Assembly, calling for the celebration of World No Tobacco Day, every year on this day. Since then, the WHO has supported World No Tobacco Day every year, linking each year to a different tobacco-related theme.
This year’s theme is protecting youth from industry manipulation and preventing them from tobacco and nicotine use. This year the target of the campaign is youth.
WHO honours individuals or organizations in each of the six WHO Regions for their accomplishments in the area of tobacco control. This recognition takes the form of WHO Director-General Special Recognition Award and World No Tobacco Day Awards.
From the South-East Asia Region, the winners of 2020 include
• Mr AnutinCharnvirakul, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Public Health, Kingdom of Thailand
• Socio Economic and Educational Development Society, Patna, Bihar, India
• Dr AungTun, Chairman, TunKhit Foundation, Myanmar
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