WORLD NO TOBACCO DAY
World No Tobacco Day (WNTD) is observed around the world every year on May 31. It is intended to encourage 24 hours of abstinence from all forms of tobacco consumption around the globe. The day is further expected to draw attention to the widespread prevalence of tobacco use and to adverse health effects, which currently lead to more than 7 million deaths each year worldwide, including 890,000 of which are the result of non-smokers being exposed to second-hand smoke.
The World Health Organization estimates worldwide, there are 1.1 billion tobacco smokers and nearly 350 million smokeless tobacco users.
“Health is like money. You never know the value of it until you lost it.”
HOW TO OBSERVE
Visit the No-Tobacco website. Support the creation of smoke-free public places, workplaces, and public transportation. Publicize toll-free quit-smoking phone numbers. Use #worldnotobaccoday or #notobacco to share on social media.
The member states of the World Health Organization (WHO) created World No Tobacco Day in 1987.
In 1987, the WHO set aside April 7, 1988, to be “a world no-smoking day.” The objective of the day was to urge tobacco users worldwide to abstain from using tobacco products for 24 hours, an action they hoped would assist those trying to quit.