Every year, on 31st May, the World Health Organization (WHO) and it’s global partners celebrate World No Tobacco Day (WNTD) to raise awareness about the harmful and deadly effects of tobacco use and second-hand smoke exposure, and to discourage the use of tobacco in any form. The day is aimed to inform the public on the dangers of using tobacco, the business practices of tobacco companies, what WHO is doing to fight the tobacco epidemic, and what people around the world can do to claim their right to health and healthy living and to protect future generations.
The Member States of the WHO created World No Tobacco Day in 1987 to draw global attention to the tobacco epidemic and the preventable death and disease it causes. In 1987, the World Health Assembly passed Resolution WHA40.38, calling for 7 April 1988 to be a “a world no-smoking day.” In 1988, Resolution WHA42.19 was passed, calling for the celebration of World No Tobacco Day, every year on 31 May.
Theme of World No Tobacco Day 2022 is on “Tobacco – threat to our environment.”
The harmful impact of the tobacco industry on the environment is vast and growing adding unnecessary pressure to our planet’s already scarce resources and fragile ecosystems.
Tobacco kills over 8 million people every year and destroys our environment, further harming human health, through the cultivation, production, distribution, consumption, and post-consumer waste.
Themes of World No Tobacco Day
World No Tobacco Day 2021 – Commit to quit
World No Tobacco Day 2020 – Tobacco Exposed: The secret’s out
World No Tobacco Day 2019 – Tobacco and lung health
World No Tobacco Day 2018 – Tobacco and heart disease
World No Tobacco Day 2017 – Tobacco: a threat to development
World No Tobacco Day 2016 – Get ready for Plain Packaging
World No Tobacco Day 2015 – Stop illicit trade of tobacco products
World No Tobacco Day 2014 – Raise taxes on tobacco
World No Tobacco Day 2013 – Free yourself: Ban tobacco advertising, promotion and sponsorship
World No Tobacco Day 2012 – Tobacco industry interference
World No Tobacco Day 2011 – The WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control
World No Tobacco Day 2010 – Gender and tobacco: emphasis on marketing to women
Ministry of Health & Family Welfare has launched a toll-free national tobacco Quitline (1800112356) and mCessation services (give a missed call from your mobile to 011 22901701 to receive text-messages towards successful quitting of tobacco) as an initiative to support tobacco users of all categories who want to quit tobacco use towards successful quitting through constant text messaging on mobile phones.
Let us come together and ‘Say No To Tobacco’. “Quitting tobacco benefits your health and the environment.”