May 31:World No Tobacco Day

Date: May 31, 2017

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World No Tobacco Day (WNTD) is observed around the world every year on May 31. It is intended to encourage a 24-hour period of abstinence from all forms of tobacco consumption around the globe. The day is further intended to draw attention to the widespread prevalence of tobacco use and to negative health effects, which currently lead to nearly 6 million deaths each year worldwide, including 600,000 of which are the result of non-smokers being exposed to second-hand smoke.


The theme for World No Tobacco Day 2017 is "Tobacco – a threat to development."

Goals of the World No Tobacco Day 2017 campaign

Highlight the links between the use of tobacco products, tobacco control and sustainable development.
Encourage countries to include tobacco control in their national responses to 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda.
Support Member States and civil society to combat tobacco industry interference in political processes, in turn leading to stronger national tobacco control action.
Encourage broader public and partner participation in national, regional and global efforts to develop and implement development strategies and plans and achieve goals that prioritize action on tobacco control.
Demonstrate how individuals can contribute to making a sustainable, tobacco-free world, either by committing to never taking up tobacco products, or by quitting the habit.