|Celebrating the 10-year anniversary of the Clean Indoor Air Ordinance and World No Tobacco Day 2012 in El Paso|
El Paso, TX, May 29, 2012 (PAHO/WHO) – According to studies from the World Health Organization (WHO) Tobacco use is one of the leading preventable causes of death. The global tobacco epidemic kills nearly 6 million people each year, of which more than 600,000 are people exposed to second-hand smoke. In an attempt to reduce these statistics every year World No Tobacco Day is celebrated. In addition, to commemorate the 10-year anniversary of the “Comprehensive Clean Indoor Air Ordinance §014878” passed in El Paso, Texas on 2001, the Pan American Health Organization/World Health Organization (PAHO/WHO) U.S.-Mexico Border Office congratulates the City of El Paso for the efforts that have been made during the past 10 years to keep the city's indoor air clean. To keep up with the celebration, the City Council of the El Paso, proclaimed that May 31, 2012 shall be known as: “El Paso World No Tobacco Day.”
Since January 2nd, 2002 the citizenry, the El Paso Police Department, the El Paso Fire Department and the El Paso Department of Public Health have enforced the indoor smoking ban in the Sun City. Furthermore, the Pan American Health Organization/World Health Organization (PAHO/WHO) United States-Mexico Border Office in collaboration with the Paso del Norte Health Foundation, the City of El Paso, the City of El Paso Department of Public Health, the Texas Department of State Health Services, and A Smoke Free Paso del Norte Network, through acknowledgement and celebration of World No Tobacco Day 2012 encourage all communities and decision-makers at the local, state and national levels to empower themselves by monitoring tobacco use and prevention policies, protecting people from second-hand smoke, offering help to quit tobacco use, warn about the dangers of tobacco, enforce bans on indoor smoking, bans on tobacco advertising, promotion and sponsorship, and raise taxes on tobacco and novel products containing nicotine equally.
This year the World No Tobacco Day theme is: "tobacco industry interference.” The campaign will focus on the need to expose and counter the tobacco industry's brazen and increasingly aggressive attempts to undermine the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (WHO FCTC) because of the serious danger they pose to public health. Unless action is taken, tobacco use will kill up to 8 million people by 2030, of which more than 80% will live in low- and middle-income countries.
For more information please contact:
Lorely Ambriz, M.S.I.S, Knowledge Management & Communication
Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) / A Regional Office of the World Health Organization (WHO) United States-Mexico Border Office
5400 Suncrest Dr. Ste. C-4 El Paso, TX 79912
Office (915) 845-5950 Ext. 42523 / Cel (915) 449-3040 / Fax (915) 845-4361