Nepal Health Ministry Stresses Adverse Effects of Tobacco Use

31 May | National Centre for AIDS and STI Control, Kathmandu

Every year, on 31 May, the World Health Organization and global partners celebrate World No Tobacco Day (WNTD) - an annual campaign to raise awareness on the harmful and deadly effects of tobacco use and second-hand smoke exposure, and to discourage the use of tobacco in any form.

With the theme, "tobacco and lung health”, the campaign increased awareness on: the negative impact that tobacco has on people’s lung health, from cancer to , and the fundamental role lungs play for the health and well-being of all people.


The annual campaign was an opportunity to raise awareness on the harmful and deadly effects of tobacco use and second-hand smoke exposure, and to discourage the use of tobacco in any form. The campaign also served as a call to action, advocating for effective policies to reduce tobacco consumption and engaging stakeholders across multiple sectors in the fight for tobacco control.

To celebrate WNTD 2019, the WHO Country office and MoHP organized debate competitions for school children and a walk-a-thon program, to create awareness on the negative impacts tobacco has on people’s health.

(Left) Dr. Jos Vandelaer, WHO Nepal Country Representative, with MoHP dignitaries participating on the walk-a-thon program organized on the occasion of “World No Tobacco Day” 2019; (Right) H.E Deputy Prime Minister and Health Minister, Upendra Yadav, felicitating winners of the debate competition on the occasion of “World No Tobacco Day”, in presence of State Minister and Secretary
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At the press meet, the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Health and Population (MoHP), H.E. Upendra Yadav, emphasized the need to raise awareness on the adverse effects of tobacco, and be role models and champions against the harmful practice. He emphasized the need to tackle tobacco use for healthy citizens and to be a prosperous nation.

State-Minister of MoHP, H.E. Dr. Surendra Kumar Yadav, shared concerns on the rising burden of non-communicable diseases (NCDs) and need to tackle tobacco use that many of the increasing numbers of people suffering from NCDs due to tobacco use.

According the NCD Risk factors: STEPwise approach to surveillance (STEPS) survey 2013, 18.5% of the adult population in Nepal are current smokers and 31% use any form of tobacco products. Around 25,000 people face untimely deaths in Nepal every year due to the consumption of tobacco products. Such deaths are rising in number. Tobacco intake increases the risk of chronic objective Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, asthma, and cancers.

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