The World Health Organization has marked May 31 as World No Tobacco Day (“WNTD”) annually to highlight the health risks associated with tobacco use and advocate effective tobacco control policy to reduce tobacco consumption. This year’s theme is “Commit to Quit”.
In support of this year’s WNTD, the Tobacco and Alcohol Control Office (“TACO”) has launched “Quit in June” campaign to call on smokers to make a quit attempt in order to reduce their risk of tobacco-related diseases and deaths. In addition, smoking is associated with an increased risk of severe COVID-19. Quitting is beneficial to smokers of all ages and brings immediate and long-term health benefits. Smokers who stay tobacco-free for four weeks would be five times more likely to quit for good.
There are more than 100 reasons to quit tobacco for good, and each day, we will post 1 reason to quit or tips on quitting on Facebook page of Centre for Health Protection. Smoking cessation services including mail-to-quit will also be promoted, and all services are free of charge.