Tobacco Free Initiative (TFI)

World No Tobacco Day

World No Tobacco Day is celebrated around the world every year on May 31.

This yearly celebration informs 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 World Health Organization 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.

  • 1999 Leave the pack behind
  • 1998 Growing up without tobacco
  • 1997 United for a tobacco free world
  • 1996 Sport and art without tobacco: play it tobacco free
  • 1995 Tobacco costs more than you think
  • 1994 Media and tobacco: get the message across
  • 1993 Health services: our windows to a tobacco free world
  • 1992 Tobacco free workplaces: safer and healthier
  • 1991 Public places and transport: better be tobacco free
  • 1990 Childhood and youth without tobacco: growing up without tobacco
  • 1989 Women and tobacco: the female smoker: at added risk
  • 1988 Tobacco or Health: choose health

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