World No Tobacco Day - 31 May.

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.

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. In 1988, Resolution WHA42.19 was passed, calling for the celebration of World No Tobacco Day, every year on 31 May.

Source: www.who.int


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