May 31 is World No Tobacco Day.

May 31, 2016

World No Tobacco DayToday is World No Tobacco Day, as organized by the World Health Organization’s Tobacco Free Initiative.

Part of a truly Coordinated Approach To Child Health is making sure young people do not start using tobacco products, no matter the vehicle. A recent report from the CDC indicates that e-cigarette use is on the rise in youth, rising from 0.6% to 5.3% among middle school students. On May 5, the FDA issued a ruling prohibiting the sale of e-cigarettes to minors, and the Surgeon General stated in a recent talk with our friends at the Michael and Susan Dell Center for Healthy Living that “there is no reason children should be using e-cigarettes.” (For video, see below.)

Planning to incorporate World No Tobacco Day in your classroom? The WHO website has a handy fact sheet on tobacco use.