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World No Tobacco Day: Picture This

May 31, 2012, 3:30 PM, Posted by NewPublicHealth


Today marks World No Tobacco Day, organized by the World Health Organization Framework Convention on Tobacco Control. The website of the World Health Organization has a database of images and graphic warnings—catalogued by disease and country—that vividly illustrate the potential health consequences of using tobacco. The site is continually updated.

Below are some examples of health effects images from several countries. Note before you click—many of the images are disturbing.

  • Impact on lungs (Brazil)
  • Oral cancer (Australia)
  • Premature death (Brazil)
  • Secondhand smoke and babies (Mauritius)

In the United States, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recently launched a series of video shorts about people who lives have been dramatically altered by the health effects of smoking.

This commentary originally appeared on the RWJF New Public Health blog.