The World Health Organization and partners mark World No Tobacco Day on May 31, highlighting the health and other risks associated with tobacco use and advocating for effective policies to reduce tobacco consumption.
The focus of World No Tobacco Day 2018 is “Tobacco and heart disease.” Pittsford Mendon and Pittsford Sutherland high schools held a shoe drive, partnering to raise funds for Happy Birthday Cha Cha Cha through a Funds2Orgs shoe fundraiser.
Happy Birthday Cha Cha Cha adopts RCSD K-2 classrooms whereas at least 90 percent of the students are impoverished. On their birthday, each child receives toys, a book, socks, underwear, soap, toothbrush, toothpaste and assorted groceries.
After collecting almost 400 hundred pairs of shoes students created a huge visual titled “With our Hearts, we can Stomp out Big Tobacco” for hundreds of students and staff members to see throughout the day.
Cardiovascular diseases kill more people than any other cause of death worldwide, and tobacco use and second-hand smoke exposure contribute to about 17 percent of all heart disease deaths. Tobacco use is the second leading cause of CVD, after high blood pressure. The global tobacco epidemic kills more than 7 million people each year, of which close to 900,000 are non-smokers dying from breathing second-hand smoke. Nearly 80 percent of the more than 1 billion smokers worldwide live in low- and middle-income countries, where the burden of tobacco-related illness and death is heaviest.
“Most people know that using tobacco causes cancer and lung disease, but many people do not know that it also causes heart disease and stroke — the world’s leading killers,” said Joseph Potter, Reality Check Youth manager. “This World No Tobacco Day, Reality Check Youth at Eastridge High used their “hearts” to collect cans and donate them to the Irondequoit Food Cupboard.”
Goals of World No Tobacco Day 2018 Campaign: highlight the links between the use of tobacco products and heart and other cardiovascular diseases; increase awareness within the broader public of the impact tobacco use and exposure to second-hand smoke have on cardiovascular health; and provide opportunities for the public, governments and others to make commitments to promote heart health by protecting people from use of tobacco products.
Visit tobaccofreenys.org for more information.