Michigan Health Department Recognizes World No Tobacco Day and Insists You Quit

Today is World No Smoking Day and Michigan’s Department of Health and Human Services is urging residents to give up commercial tobacco.

“We know that tobacco use has a significant impact on human health,” said Dr. Natasha Baghdasaryan, MDHHS’s chief medical officer. “It damages almost every organ in the body, including the lungs, heart, blood vessels, reproductive organs, mouth, skin, eyes and bones.”

The World Health Organization created the day in 1987 to draw global attention to the tobacco epidemic and the preventable deaths and diseases it causes. His assembly adopted a resolution calling for an annual “No Smoking Day”.

The commercial use of tobacco continues to be the largest contributor to preventable deaths in Michigan, despite a steady decline in use over the millennium, according to public health.

About 18.7% of Michigan adults, less than about 23% in 2011, smoke, according to state data for 2021. This is higher than the overall percentage of the United States of 12.5% ​​in 2020. ., according to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. In 2019, nearly 18,000 adult deaths in Michigan, about 18.1%, were directly related to tobacco use.

About 4.5 percent of high school students in Michigan smoke, slightly less than the national level. However, 20.8% of students in the state use e-cigarettes and this is higher than the data in the US, which shows that 11.8% of students used e-cigarettes in 2021 (e-cigarettes do not contain tobacco, but many contain nicotine that comes from tobacco.)

This year, however, the World Health Organization is focusing on the impact of the tobacco industry on the environment.

“Something that people may not take into account is the significant impact that the tobacco industry has had on our natural resources,” Baghdasaryan said in a statement.

Tobacco products are harmful at every stage of their life cycle. Tobacco cultivation destroys forests – about 5% of total deforestation is due to tobacco cultivation, soil damage and depletion of water supplies; the production process contributes to the production of toxic waste; and the transportation of products creates CO2 pollution, the WHO said. The industry is said to supply 84 megatons of greenhouse gases each year.

As 90% of tobacco production takes place in the developing world, the burden on the environment affects most countries that do not have the resources to deal with these problems, according to public health.

Approximately 6 trillion cigarettes are produced each year and sold in about 300 billion packages made up of paper, ink, cellophane and glue, according to the WHO.

Once distributed and smoked, cigarette butts or other tobacco products are the most polluted item on the planet and contain more than 7,000 toxic chemicals, said Dr. Rüdiger Kretsch, director of WHO’s Health Promotion.

About 4.5 trillion discarded cigarette butts pose a danger to the environment; filters do not degrade biodegradable, endangering the marine, lake, river and wet water environment, according to the WHO.

“Reducing tobacco trade would increase the general well-being of the population by reducing mortality and disease and increasing environmental resilience,” the state health department said.

For residents who need help quitting smoking, the Michigan Tobacco Quitline – 800-QUIT-NOW (800-784-8669) – is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. From now until September 30, all newcomers will receive two weeks of free nicotine replacement therapy along with a coaching session, according to the state health department.

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