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World No Tobacco Day: kick the butt, at least for today

Catch Team | Updated on: 10 February 2017, 1:50 IST

31 May is World No Tobacco Day. The World Health Organisation came up with this day to encourage smokers to quit smoking for at least 24 hours each year. In 1988 a resolution to this effect was passed at the World Health Assembly.

This year, the World Health Organisation has appealed for plain packaging of cigarette packets. This means cigarette packs should not have any specific colour, logo or text from the manufacturer. All packs will be of the same colour, and the only image will be a health warning.

This is useful, but in India only one in three smokers consider quitting based on the warning.

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But, do you know who really needs a No Tobacco Day?

Non smokers.

In India, more than half the population is exposed to cigarette smoke from others. And most of them are exposed not in public places, but at home.

Catch looks at this, and other important facts about smoking.

Video by Andrew Clarance

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First published: 31 May 2016, 2:20 IST