World No Tobacco Day
Each year, the World Health Organization sponsors World No Tobacco Day. The event serves to highlight the health risks associated with tobacco use and advocate for effective policies to reduce tobacco consumption and encourage cessation and tobacco control.
This year's event was held on May 31, 2017, and had the theme, "Tobacco – a threat to Development." The theme was designed to ensure that tobacco control advocates highlight the ways in which tobacco use limits economic development worldwide.
Tobacco continues to be the leading cause of preventable death, killing almost six million people across the global annually. The WHO predicts a death toll of up to eight million by 2030 if action is not taken now.
World No Tobacco Day is an opportunity to call on countries to work together to end the tobacco pandemic. To learn more about WNTD, visit the
WHO campaign site.
For more information on the global fight against tobacco, visit the WHO Tobacco Free Initiative Web site.
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previous World No Tobacco Days.