World No Tobacco Day

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As I was leaving Son Espases Hospital this afternoon I met Dr Biel Jaume, an ENT specialist from HUSE working in Smoking Cessation. I saw him sitting behind a desk in the main hospital foyer and asked him what he was doing and He mentioned that today was World No Tobacco Day (WNTD), and asked me to take part in the Breathing Test to see how much Carbon Monoxide was in my lungs.

World No Tobacco Day (WNTD) is observed around the world every year on May 31. It is intended to encourage a 24-hour period of abstinence from all forms of tobacco consumption across the globe. The day is further intended to draw global attention to the widespread prevalence of tobacco use and to negative health effects, which currently lead to 5.4 million deaths worldwide annually. The member states of the World Health Organization (WHO) created World No Tobacco Day in 1987. The day has been met with both enthusiasm and resistance across the globe from governments, public health organizations, smokers, growers, and the tobacco industry.

Here in Mallorca this is the last day of a  Week Without Smoke, an initiative of the SBMFIC ( The Balearic Society for Family and Community Medicine) This is the 14th year; below you can see a presentation about a questionnaire carried out this year:

The motto for this year is “Inténtalo, consíguelo, compártelo” ( roughly translated as “Try,Achieve,Share”)
no smoking 1Dr Jaume explained all this to me
and I took the test
 No smoking 2
The result – 0% carbon monoxide. It must be the healthy living in Soller!
But if only this had been the result of all those taking the test. Unfortunately this is not the case and the number of deaths from tobacco every year is around five million worldwide. Any initiative to stop this enormous drain; of lives, and resources is obviously a good thing, however it is by no means clear cut. The battle is a difficult one with many interests at stake but I wish all those involved the very best of luck.

3 Comments

  1. I’m impressed, I must say. Really rarely do I encounter a blog that’s both educative and entertaining, and let me tell you, you have hit the nail on the head. Your idea is outstanding; the issue is something that not enough people are speaking intelligently about. I am very happy that I stumbled across this in my search for something relating to this.

    1. Dear

      Thank you very much for your comment. Comments like yous are VERY important for me.
      Are you on Twitter? What is your name? What do you do? I am sorry for the intrusive questions but it is noce to know
      Thanks again – Best wishes Jonathan

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