(Salisbury, MD) - World No Tobacco Day (WNTD) is observed around the world every year on May 31 and is meant to encourage a 24-hour period of abstinence from all forms of tobacco consumption across the globe. The day is further intended to draw global attention to the widespread prevalence of tobacco use and to negative health effects, which currently lead to 6.0 million deaths worldwide annually. The member States of the World Health Organization (WHO) created World No Tobacco Day in 1987. “The ultimate goal of World No Tobacco Day is to contribute to protecting present and future generations not only from the devastating health consequences due to tobacco, but also from the social, environmental and economic scourges of tobacco use and exposure to tobacco smoke,” says Dr. James Cockey, Physician Deputy Health Officer for Wicomico County.
Are you or someone you know ready to quit smoking for good? Do you live or work in Wicomico County? TheWicomico County Health Department has smoking cessation classes every Thursday at noon at the Wicomico Co. Health Department located at 108 E. Main Street in Salisbury. This program offers free education and support for groups as well as individual counseling. Participants are also eligible for FREE quit smoking medications which include nicotine replacement patches, nicotine lozenges, and Chantix. Anyone interested in the program should call (410) 219-7482 for more information or to sign up.