World Environmental Health Day 2016
Tobacco Control - a response to the global tobacco pandemic
World Environmental Health Day (WEHD) 2016 took place on Monday 26 September 2016 with the theme of tobacco control.
Smoking and the use of tobacco is the primary cause of preventable illness and death. Six million people are killed globally by tobacco every year. Of this number 600,000 are killed by second-hand smoke.
There is clear evidence to link tobacco to lung cancer and also evidence suggesting an association with cancer of the kidney, larynx, head and neck, breast, bladder, oesophagus, pancreas and stomach. About a half of all life-long smokers will die prematurely and on average cigarette smokers die 10 years younger than nonsmokers.
Smoking is therefore a major public health and on WEHD, CIEH led a campaign to highlight the work of EHPs in helping to implement smoke-free environments.
The campaign included media activities where CIEH called for 'no smoking zones' wherever children play or learn. This was further supported through social media, where CIEH highlighted all the great initiatives of local authorities, social enterprises and community groups who are already implementing smokefree environments.