According to DFWA the yearly celebration informs the public about the dangers of using tobacco and the business practices of tobacco companies.
The president of DFWA, Engr, Chinagorum Nkaru has stated what is expected of every individual in the fight against the use of tobacco, and what people around the world can do to claim their right to health and healthy living and to protect future generations.
“Tobacco and Drug which is a lesser evil? Tobacco tackles the heart and drugs blurred the mind, both equal devils, drop the habit, say no to smoking and drug abuse” she said,
She also explained that The Member States of the WHO created World No Tobacco Day in 1987 to draw global attention to the tobacco epidemic and the preventable death and disease it causes.
The day is further intended to draw attention to the widespread prevalence of tobacco use and to negative health effects which currently lead to more than 8 million deaths each year worldwide.
She stated that according to WHO 1.2 million deaths are recorded yearly as a result of non-smokers being exposed to second-hand smoke.
And enjoined all hands to be on deck to see to the eradication of tobacco and pleaded with individuals all over the world to wage war against tobacco just like they are doing against drug abuse.