World No Tobacco Day is the 31st May. The theme for 2020 is ‘Protecting youth from industry manipulation and preventing them from tobacco and nicotine use.’
The World Health Organisation (WHO) calls on all young people to join the fight to become a tobacco-free generation. ‘This global campaign has been developed to debunk myths and expose devious tactics employed by tobacco and related industries. This will provide young people with the knowledge required to recognise industry manipulation and equip them with the tools to reject such tactics, and to be empowered to stand up against them.’
Cancer Council ACT supports WHO’s global campaign and encourages the ACT community to be more aware of the risks of youth nicotine and tobacco use. Education and support is key in preventing uptake, as well as encouraging a quit attempt. The best place to start is to speak to a GP, or a trained counsellor from the Quitline on 13 78 48, or at www.quit.org.
We encourage you to learn more about this year’s campaign and access resources via the WHO website.