World No Tobacco Day 2019 was observed in Bangladesh on Tuesday. Different organisations brought out rallies and held seminars marking
the day. On the occasion the Armed Forces Medical College brought out a rally attended by senior Army officers and other medical professionals. Tobacco consumption, in any form, kills more than 161,000 people on average every year in Bangladesh, amounting to around 19% of all deaths in Bangladesh, according to the World Health Organization (WHO).
The focus of World No Tobacco Day 2019 this year is on ‘tobacco and lung health.’ The awareness campaign will increase knowledge on risks posed by tobacco smoking and second-hand smoke exposure, awareness on the particular dangers of tobacco smoking to lung health, magnitude of death and illness globally from lung diseases caused by tobacco, including chronic respiratory diseases and lung cancer, emerging evidence on the link between tobacco smoking and tuberculosis deaths, implications of second-hand exposure for lung health of people across age groups.