You learn something everyday.
As I was leaving Son Espases Hospital this afternoon I met Dr Biel Jaume, an ENT specialist from HUSE working in Smoking Cessation. I saw him sitting behind a desk in the main hospital foyer and asked him what he was doing and He mentioned that today was World No Tobacco Day (WNTD), and asked me to take part in the Breathing Test to see how much Carbon Monoxide was in my lungs.
World No Tobacco Day (WNTD) is observed around the world every year on May 31. It is intended 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 5.4 million deaths worldwide annually. The member states of the World Health Organization (WHO) created World No Tobacco Day in 1987. The day has been met with both enthusiasm and resistance across the globe from governments, public health organizations, smokers, growers, and the tobacco industry.
Here in Mallorca this is the last day of a Week Without Smoke, an initiative of the SBMFIC ( The Balearic Society for Family and Community Medicine) This is the 14th year; below you can see a presentation about a questionnaire carried out this year: