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World No Tobacco Day: May 31

Date: 31 May 2019 Tags: Days & Dates

The World No-Tobacco Day (WNTD) is observed every year across the world on 31 May. This day aims to spread awareness about health risks associated with consumption all forms of tobacco and advocates for effective policies to reduce tobacco consumption. The theme for this year is "Don't let tobacco take your breath away - Choose Health Not Tobacco".

Focus of World No Tobacco Day 2019: "Tobacco and lung health". It aims to increase awareness on  negative impact that tobacco has on people’s lung health, from cancer to chronic respiratory disease and fundamental role lungs play for the health and well-being of all people

Background

The World No Tobacco Day (WNTD) was instituted by World Health Assembly, the highest decision-making body of World Health Organisation (WHO) in 1999. Since then, is observed annually every year with different tobacco-related theme.  It is one of eight official global public health campaigns or days observed by WHO. The purpose of observing this day is to raise awareness on harmful and deadly effects of tobacco use and second-hand smoke exposure, and to discourage the use of tobacco in any form.