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Discussion over World No Tobacco Day


Each year, the WHO selects a theme for the day in order to create a more unified global message for WNTD. This theme then becomes the central component of the WHO’s tobacco-related agenda for the following year. The WHO oversees the creation and distribution of publicity materials related to the theme, including brochures, fliers, posters, websites, and press releases. In 2008 for the theme Tobacco-free youth, Youtube videos were created as a part of the WNTD awareness campaign, and podcasts were first used in 2009.

In many of its WNTD themes and related publicity-materials, the WHO emphasizes the idea of “truth.”‌ Theme titles such as “Tobacco kills, don’t be duped”‌ (2000) and “Tobacco: deadly in any form or disguise”‌ (2006) indicate a WHO belief that individuals may be misled or confused about the true nature of tobacco; the rationale for the 2000 and 2008 WNTD themes identify the marketing strategies and “illusions”‌ created by the tobacco industry as a primary source of this confusion.

The WHO’s WNTD materials present an alternate understanding of the “facts”‌ as seen from a global public health perspective. WNTD publicity materials provide an “official”‌ interpretation of the most up-to-date tobacco-related research and statistics and provide a common ground from which to formulate anti-tobacco arguments around the world.

Source: encyclopedia.thefreedictionary.com

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