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World No Tobacco Day

31 May 2010

On 31st May each year WHO celebrates World No Tobacco Day, highlighting the health risks associated with tobacco use and advocating for effective policies to reduce consumption. Tobacco use is the second cause of death globally (after hypertension) and is currently responsible for killing one in 10 adults worldwide.

The theme for World No Tobacco Day 2010 is gender and tobacco, with an emphasis on marketing to women. WHO will use the day to draw particular attention to the harmful effects of tobacco marketing and smoke on women and girls.

The World Health Assembly created World No Tobacco Day in 1987 to draw global attention to the tobacco epidemic and its lethal effects. It provides an opportunity to highlight specific tobacco control messages and to promote adherence to the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control. Tobacco use is the number one preventable epidemic that the health community faces.

Related links

World No Tobacco Day site
WHO’s Tobacco Free Initiative
More about tobacco abuse and control

Source: WHO

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On 31 May 2003, the World No Tobacco Day celebrations focused on the role of the fashion and film industries in fostering tobacco consumption.

According to the WHO, film and fashion are critical in shaping and reinforcing popular norms of beauty, success and fun. Although the world of film and fashion cannot be accused of causing cancer, they should not promote a product that does. This was the main message the World No Tobacco Day demonstrations intended to spread.

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On the occasion of World No Tobacco Day on 31 May 2003, MEP Liz LYNNE and the Belgian Coalition Against Tobacco will present the report "Non-smokers protection in restaurants and bars in Europe. A survey in five European countries".

The report is a European Network for Smoking Prevention Framework Project, and involves entities from Belgium, Finland, France, Germany and Spain. Presentation will take place on Tuesday 27 May at 2 pm, in the European Parliament in Brussels.

For further information on the event see: