World No Tobacco Day is organised by the World Health Organization and takes place on 31st May every year. The Member States of the World Health Organization created World No Tobacco Day in 1987 to draw global attention to the tobacco epidemic and the preventable death and disease it causes.
This year’s theme was ‘The WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control’. The convention is the world’s foremost tobacco control instrument and this year’s event was designed to highlight the treaty’s overall importance and to stress Parties’ obligations under the treaty.
Tobacco use is the leading preventable cause of death. Hundreds of thousands of non-smokers die each year from diseases caused by inhaling second-hand smoke.
World No Tobacco Day Award 2011
This year, the Smoke Free Partnership (SFP), which is partially funded by the ERS, received the prestigious World No Tobacco Day Award.
The Award was bestowed in recognition of their tireless efforts to ensure the EU lives up to its obligations under the first ever international public health treaty, the Framework Convention on Tobacco Control.
Read the Smoke Free Partnership press release
Previous World No Tobacco Days
- World No Tobacco Day 2010
- World No Tobacco Day 2009
- World No Tobacco Day 2008