It is World No Tobacco Day today! The theme for 2012 is Tobacco Industry Interference. The campaign will centre on the necessity to expose and counter the tobacco industry’s brazen and increasingly aggressive attempts to undermine global tobacco control efforts.
Initiated by the World Health Organisation (WHO), World No Tobacco Day (WNTD) is observed around the world every year on May 31. It is meant to encourage a 24-hour period of abstinence from all forms of tobacco consumption across the globe.
On World No Tobacco Day 2012, and throughout the following year, WHO will encourage nations to concentrate on fighting against tobacco industry interference in order to control the global tobacco epidemic.
Tobacco Industry Interference @ UC Library
To learn more about tobacco industry interference, some interesting resources include:
Merchants of doubt : how a handful of scientists obscured the truth on issues from tobacco smoke to global warming / Naomi Oreskes and Erik M. Conway
“Merchants of Doubt ” tells the story of how a loose-knit group of high-level scientists and scientific advisers, with deep connections in politics and industry, ran effective campaigns to mislead the public and deny well-established scientific knowledge over four decades that link smoking to lung cancer, coal smoke to acid rain, and CFCs to the ozone hole.
Cancer wars : how politics shapes what we know and don’t know about cancer / Robert N. Proctor
“This brilliantly argued and researched book tells the story of how government regulatory agencies, scientists, trade associations, and environmentalists, have managed to obscure the issues and prevent concerted action.” [goodreads]. One of the chapters discusses the tobacco industry’s role.
‘Kicking the habit’ @ UC Library
Wish to quit smoking but feel daunted? UC Library holds some helpful resources, such as:
An invitation to health : choosing to change / Dianne Hales
“Current, comprehensive, and personal, Dianne Hales’s An Invitation to health: choosing to change integrates a comprehensive presentation of health concepts with a wealth of practical ways to apply them to your life–body, mind, and spirit” [GoogleBooks]. Check out Chapter 13, “Tobacco Use, Misuse, and Abuse”.
Taking charge of your smoking / Joyce D. Nash
“A difference between the Taking charge of your smoking approach and other methods of quitting smoking is that you not only learn to quit, using the most powerful methods known through research, you also spend much of your effort learning how to actually be a non-smoker” [Blurb].