Say no to tobacco - NCAS

At least 44, 000 South Africans die of tobacco-related illnesses annually, said the NCAS

May 31, 2012 is World No Tobacco Day. Picture: Taurai Maduna

CAPE TOWN - More than 44, 000 South Africans die from tobacco-related illnesses annually, the National Council Against Smoking (NCAS) said on Wednesday.

Around 10 percent of those die from second-hand smoke, NCAS spokesperson Peter Ucko said.

Thursday is World No Tobacco Day and The World Health Organisation has selected Tobacco Industry Interference as the theme.

Smokers are encouraged to stop smoking for 24 hours.