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World No-Tobacco Day 2024

World No-Tobacco Day 2024:

The Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (GoI), organized an event today to observe World No Tobacco Day 2024.

  • The Member States of the World Health Organization created World No Tobacco Day in 1987.
  • In 1988, a Resolution was passed, calling for the celebration of World No Tobacco Day, every year on 31 May.
  • The annual campaign is an opportunity to raise awareness on the harmful and deadly effects of tobacco use and second-hand smoke exposure and to discourage the use of tobacco in any form.
  • The theme: “Protecting Children from Tobacco Industry Interference”.
  • In India tobacco is predominantly cultivated in Andhra Pradesh, Gujarat, Karnataka, UP and Bihar. Gujarat accounts for 45 per cent of the area (0.13 M ha) and 30 percent of production (0.16 M t).
  • Productivity is also highest (1700 kg ha-1) in Gujarat followed by AP.