The World Health Organization (WHO) celebrates 70 years this year and for World Health Day 2018, the message is all about universal health coverage.
According to the WHO online, this year’s campaign is about ensuring all people can have access to quality health services, where and when they need them, without suffering financial hardship. Access to affordable smoking cessation aids undoubtedly plays a part in this aim, given the stance WHO has taken on tobacco.
In information updated online last month, WHO says tobacco smoke kills more than seven million people a year and the organisation estimates that six million of those deaths are the result of direct tobacco use, while around 890,000 are as a result of second-hand smoke.
The global health advocacy group labels tobacco as the “leading cause of death, illness and impoverishment.”
While the efficacy of picture warnings and medication for cessation are mentioned, noticeably absent is any mention of e-cigarettes.
However, World No Tobacco Day 2018 falls on May 31, just over a month after World Health Day, so we may see a new global stance on vaping as a means to stop smoking in time for that date.
Check out this video from WHO to learn more about this year’s campaign.
World Health Day is April 7. Stop by any Vapouround Lounge on the day to get a free e-liquid with any starter kit.