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 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.