World No-Tobacco Day
It is observed around the world every 31 May as World No Tobacco Day (WNTD). World Health Day celebrates the dangers of tobacco use, the business practices of tobacco companies, what the World Health Organization (WHO) is doing to combat the use of tobacco, and what people around the world can do to claim their right to health and healthy living and to protect future generations.
The World Health Organization (WHO) established World No Tobacco Day in 1987 to draw global attention to the tobacco epidemic and the preventable death and disease it causes.
Theme of World No Tobacco Day 2022
The theme of World No Tobacco Day 2022 is “Protect the environment”, highlighting that, throughout its lifecycle, tobacco pollutes the planet and damages the health of all people.
Every year, the theme of the Women’s National Tobacco Day (WNTD) addresses a specific issue related to tobacco and its industry. The theme for this year’s event focuses on the impact of tobacco on the environment and an attempt to expose the efforts made by tobacco companies to “greenwash” their reputation by marketing themselves as environmentally friendly and responsible.
History of World No-Tobacco Day
In a resolution passed by the World Health Assembly on 15 May 1987 and 7 April 1988 was proclaimed “World No-Smoking Day”. We chose this date because it was the 40th anniversary of the World Health Organization. Another resolution was passed in 1988 to celebrate World No Tobacco Day every year on the 31st of May.
On this day, people are also urged to think about how tobacco affects their cardiovascular health. This may be a risk factor for coronary heart disease, stroke, and peripheral vascular disease. Moreover, the day will inform people that tobacco is one of the leading causes of cardiovascular disease (CVD).