World No Tobacco Day, celebrated each year on May 31, unites people, governments and civil society for action against the harms to health of tobacco use. Every year a theme is picked and this year’s theme is “Free yourself!” This is the World Health Organization’s message to governments. A comprehensive ban of all tobacco advertising, promotion and sponsorship is required under the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control.
Tobacco use is one of the leading preventable causes of death. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), the global tobacco epidemic kills nearly 6 million people each year, of which more than 600,000 are people exposed to second-hand smoke. Unless we act, it will kill up to 8 million people by 2030, of which more than 80% will live in low- and middle-income countries.
Again this year as part of our World No Tobacco Day activities, the Center will be doing an online media project to inform and engage the public on the dangers of tobacco and the tobacco industry’s tactics. We hope that you will join us for this day of action by participating in the online dialogue on Facebook, Twitter, and of course right here on our Blog. Become a fan of our Facebook page. Follow us on Twitter @UNMCCRHD @MOTACOmaha and engage with us using the hashtag: #WNTD2013!