Non Communicable Diseases (NCDs) are in epidemic proportion worldwide. Cardiovascular Diseases, Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Diseases (COPD), Cancer and Diabetes Mellitus (DM) are the four most common NCDs in the world. Tobacco use is one of the main risk factors for a number of chronic diseases, including cancer, lung disease and cardiovascular diseases. Despite this it is common throughout the world. In Nepal one in every two men aged between 15 and 69 is found to be consuming tobacco.
Every year World Health Organization (WHO) celebrates World No Tobacco Day on 31 May to create awareness on the rising issues of non communicable diseases worldwide. Every year the day is celebrated with different message to highlight the issue of tobacco control in the world. This year WHO targets to increase the tobacco control measure with the slogan “Get ready for plain packaging”. Plain tobacco packaging refers to packaging that requires the removal of all branding (colours, imagery, logos and trademarks) and manufacturers are permitted to print only the brand name in a standard size, font and place on the pack in addition to health warnings and other legally required information. The appearance of all tobacco packets is standardized including the colour of the pack.
Considering the impact of plain packaging on tobacco products, HRTC network districts celebrated World No Tobacco Day with following aim:
• To raise awareness on the harmful effects of cigarettes and other tobacco products
• To build pressure to local government authorities to implement 90 percent pictorial warning on cigarettes and other tobacco products.
• To continue its advocacy in adopting new measures in line with WHO’s effort to combat tobacco control i.e. introducing plain packaging in cigarettes and tobacco products.