Tobacco, the Global Silent Killer

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The World Health Organization hosts it annual World Health Day on Monday, April 7th, 2014.

Tobacco and its negative effects has been a topic of concern internationally for decades. Tobacco continues to be a major issue and hindering factor in the health status of nations across the world.

Efforts have increased to restrict the massive epidemic of Tobacco addiction. It’s deception of being “cool”, a social norm, and a symbol for adulthood/independence continues to persevere in many areas throughout the world. Affecting people of all races, genders, age, ethnicities, sexual orientation, and social class, tobacco use is an assassination of humanity.

Tobacco use accounts for 1 in 10 adult deaths, yet this is a disease that ordinarily begins in a smoker’s youth[1].  Most avid smokers have their first cigarette before the commonly adult age of 18, and in many areas of the world smokers begin as young as 3 years old.

Smoking Tobacco has enumerable toxic effects; from having the potent ability to harm every organ in the human body to being the cause of cancers of the lungs, kidneys, cervix, and larynx.  Tobacco usage is the causation of bad vision, poor autoimmune system, fragile bones, heart difficulties (strokes, aneurysms etc.), and destitute blood chemistry[2].

Not only does Tobacco affect global health, it is a principal factor in poverty, having an intricate role in the poverty stricken economic classes and devastating effects on health costs. Tobacco related diseases require nations to use finances that would have been more beneficial in the use of national education and standard of living.

In honor of World Health Day, the work of creating policies and informing the masses of the consistent preventable harms of Tobacco continues to persist internationally. All over the world, an increasing number of our youth, adults and policy makers continue to be advocates for the health of humanity, making strides today that will affect tomorrow. What are some ways the depiction of Tobacco and its harmful effects has been displayed in your area?


Author: Stephana Henry

Stephana Henry is a Tobacco Prevention Specialist assistant. She currently is a Philosophy student minoring in Law at the Florida A&M University. Through her work and research with the Tobacco Prevention Program, Stephana plans to take this valuable experience with her into Law School; where she will be studying International Policy Affairs.

One Response to "Tobacco, the Global Silent Killer"

  1. DFB trikot 2014 Posted on April 18, 2014 at 6:52 pm

    DFB trikot 2014

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