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World No Tobacco Day, 31 May 2014

Theme: Reduce Tabacco use and save lives

On World No Tobacco Day, 31 May 2014, the Department would like to call upon South Africans to protect themselves and future generations not only from the devastating health consequences due to tobacco, but also from the social, environmental and economic scourges of tobacco use and exposure to second hand tobacco smoke. Tobacco use is most often initiated and established during adolescence. Nearly 9 out of 10 smokers start by the age of 18 and 99% start by age of 26 (CDC 2012).

Tobacco kills
Tobacco kills nearly 6 million people each year. More that 5 million of those deaths are the result of direct tobacco use. While 600 000 of those deaths are the result of non-smokers being exposed to second-hand smoke. Unless urgent action is taken, the annual death toll could rise to more than 8 million in 2030

Tobacco is the leading cause of death, illness and impoverishment
The tobacco epidemic is one of the biggest public health threats the world has ever faced, killing nearly six million people a year.Nearly 80% of the more than one billion smokers worldwide live in low- and middle-income countries, where the burden of tobacco-related illness and death is heaviest. Tobacco users who die prematurely deprive their families of income, raise the cost of health care and hinder economic development.

Gradual killer
Because there is a time lag of several years between when people start using tobacco and when their health suffers, the epidemic of tobacco-related disease and death has just begun.

Surveillance is key
Good monitoring through national youth and adult surveys tracks the extent and character of the tobacco epidemic and indicates how best to tailor policies.

Second-hand smoke kills
There are more than 4000 chemicals in tobacco smoke, of which at least 250 are known to be harmful and more than 50 are known to cause cancer.

Tobacco users need help to quit
Counseling and medication can improve the chance that a smoker who tries to quit will succeed.

Health warnings and Picture work
Hard-hitting anti-tobacco advertisements and picture health warnings reduce the number of children who begin smoking and increase the number of smokers who quit.



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The Department derives its mandate from the following laws:
Constitution of the Republic of South Africa Act, 108 of 1996
Provides for the rights of access to health care services and emergency medical

Healthy self reliant communities in the North West
To render accessible, equitable and integrated quality health

Batho Pele Principles, Patient Rights Charter, Victims Rights Charter, Children's Rights Charter, Disability Rights Charter, Older Persons Pledge, Public Service Principles, Accountability, Transparency, Community participation, Excellence, Caring, Human dignity & respect,Access

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