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World No Tobacco Day
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WHO World No Tobacco Day

The next World No Tobacco Day Is expected to take place on 31 May 2016.

Tobacco kills nearly six million people each year, of which more than 600 000 are non-smokers dying from breathing second-hand smoke.

The theme of the 2013 campaign was "Ban tobacco advertising, promotion and sponsorship". The World Health Organization (WHO) selected "tobacco industry interference" as its theme in 2012.

Key Facts

  • Tobacco kills up to half of its users.
  • The annual death toll of more than five million could rise to more than eight million by 2030 unless urgent action is taken to control the tobacco epidemic.
  • More than 80% of the world's one billion smokers live in low- and middle-income countries.
  • Total consumption of tobacco products is increasing globally, though it is decreasing in some high-income and upper middle-income countries.


WHO tobacco fact sheet

WHO tobacco site

WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control

TobaccoFree Research Institute Ireland (TFRI) - Irish and international links

ENSP - European Network for Smoking and Tobacco Prevention

International Union Against Tuberculosis and Lung Disease (The Union)

International Union Against Cancer

GLOBALink international tobacco control community

Doctors and Tobacco Tobacco Control Resource Centre (TCRC)

Tobacco Control- an international peer review BMJ journal

American Cancer Society: tobacco and cancer

US Government Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Office on Smoking and Health


Past themes

WHO World No Tobacco Day 2011: The World Health Organization (WHO) selected "The WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control" as the theme of the 2011 World No Tobacco Day (Announcement ).