World No Tobacco Day 31 May

Image: World Health Organisation

Image: World Health Organisation

Today is World No Tobacco Day and the World Health Organisation’s theme and message to governments is to Ban tobacco advertising, promotion and sponsorship.

World No Tobacco Day aims to highlight the health risks associated with tobacco use and advocates for effective policies to reduce tobacco consumption. The World Health Organisation claims that ‘tobacco kills nearly 6 million people every year, of which more than 600,000 are non-smokers exposed to second-hand smoke’.

Specific objectives of the campaign are to:

  • spur countries to implement WHO FCTC Article 13 and its Guidelines to comprehensively ban tobacco advertising, promotion and sponsorship such that fewer people start and continue to use tobacco; and
  • drive local, national and international efforts to counteract tobacco industry efforts to undermine tobacco control, specifically industry efforts to stall or stop comprehensive bans on tobacco advertising, promotion and sponsorship.

A fact sheet on tobacco can be found on the World Health Organisation’s website.

Information on quitting smoking tobacco can be found on the Quit Now website.



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