UN Ethiopia kicks off World No Tobacco Day campaign


The United Nations in Ethiopia kicked off activities to mark the 34th World-No-Tobacco Day with a call to tobacco users to commit to quit.
Marked every year on May 31, the World No Tobacco Day is an opportunity to raise awareness on the harmful and deadly effects of tobacco use, second-hand smoke exposure, and to discourage the use of tobacco in any form.
During the year-long campaign, under the global theme of “Commit to Quit”, UN Ethiopia will conduct various activities to raise awareness on the negative impact of tobacco on people’s health and wellbeing. The campaign will also serve as a call to action, advocating for effective policies to reduce tobacco consumption and engaging stakeholders across multiple sectors in the fight for tobacco control.
As the world continues to reel under the impact of COVID-19, the fear of contracting the disease is motivating more smokers to quit. Tobacco smokers have a higher risk of developing severe form of COVID-19 infection, and of dying from the disease.