World No Tobacco Day 2019: tobacco and lung health

The focus of World No Tobacco Day 2019 is on "tobacco and lung health." The campaign will increase awareness on: the negative impact that tobacco has on people’s lung health, from cancer to chronic respiratory disease, the fundamental role lungs play for the health and well-being of all people. The campaign also serves 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.

World No Tobacco Day 2019 – call for nominations of awards

The World Health Organization is calling for nominations for the World No Tobacco Day (WNTD) 2019 Awards to individuals or organizations in each of the six WHO Regions for their accomplishment in the area of tobacco control.

The WNTD awards recognize international achievement in the fight against the global tobacco epidemic and in the promotion of tobacco control initiatives and policies. They are awarded to individuals and institutions, selected for long-term commitment in research, advocacy, health promotion, capacity building as well as other activities that promote and reinforce tobacco control. The awards will be presented on World No Tobacco Day, 31 May, during the WNTD ceremonies or celebrations, or during other official functions.

Please note that as a norm, a World No Tobacco Day award will be awarded to people and/or organizations that have done outstanding work in tobacco control , and in special in the theme for that year. The theme of World No Tobacco Day 2019 is tobacco and lung health. Outstanding work means that the efforts and work done has probably gone beyond the responsibilities of their purely professional related duties. The detailed guidelines for nominations and the form to be completed by nominators are available at: The date for submission of nominations, is Friday, 8 March 2019, 17:00 hrs (GMT).

World No Tobacco Day 2018

Tobacco and Heart Disease
Tobacco use is an important risk factor for development of coronary heart disease, stroke and peripheral vascular disease. Cardiovascular diseases kill more people than any other cause of death worldwide. Tobacco use and exposure to second hand smoke contribute to nearly 12% of all heart disease deaths. After High blood pressure, tobacco use is the second leading cause of cardiovascular diseases.

Regional Workshop for mHealth Interventions to Prevent and Control NCDs in the South-East Asia Region

New Delhi, 18-19 December, 2017 – WHO-SEARO organized Regional Workshop for mHealth Interventions to Prevent and Control NCDs in the South-East Asia Region in New Delhi, India, 18-19 December, 2017. The objective was to promote and accelerate implementation of mHealth initiatives for prevention and control of NCDs and risk factors in SEAR Member States. The workshop was opened by Dr Pem Namgyal, Director, Programme Management. The workshop was attended by 66 participants including representatives from SEAR countries, experts, academicians and researchers from member countries.

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