World No Tobacco Day, 31 May 2017

Tobacco – a threat to development

Every year, on 31 May, WHO and partners mark World No Tobacco Day (WNTD), highlighting the health and additional risks associated with tobacco use, and advocating for effective policies to cut tobacco use.
The theme for World No Tobacco Day 2017 is "Tobacco – a threat to development."

About the campaign(FM100 Pakistan)

  •  It will demonstrate the threats that the tobacco industry poses to the sustainable evolution of all countries, including the health and economic welfare of their citizens.
  • It will propose steps that governments and the public should assume to boost health and growth by confronting the global tobacco crisis.


Objective of  World No Tobacco Day

The objective is to inform people on the dangers of using tobacco. The day also aims to trim 5.4 million early deaths caused due to tobacco related health troubles. On May 31st, 2008 the WHO called for a complete prohibition on tobacco ad. A series of initiatives were selected by the World Health Organization for preventing Tobacco hazards.

Tobacco control supports health and growth

WHO is calling on nations to prioritize and accelerate tobacco control efforts as part of their answers to the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.
All countries benefit from successfully controlling the tobacco epidemic, above all by protecting their citizens from the harms of tobacco usage and cutting its economic cost of national economic systems. The aim of the Sustainable Development Agenda, and its 17 global goals, is to ensure that "no one is left behind."

Tobacco control has been enshrined in the Sustainable Development Agenda. It is considered as one of the most effective means to help achieve SDG target 3.4 of a one-third reduction globally, by 2030, of premature deaths from noncommunicable diseases (NCDs), including cardiovascular disease, cancers and chronic obstructed pulmonary disease. Strengthening implementation of the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco in all countries is an additional objective to be matched by governments developing national sustainable development responses.

Facts about tobacco, tobacco control and the development goals


  • Approximately 6 million people pass away from tobacco use every year, a number that is forecast to rise to more than 8 million a year by 2030 without intensified action. Tobacco use is a threat to any mortal, irrespective of gender, age, race, ethnic or educational setting. It brings suffering, disease, and death, impoverishing families and internal savings.
  • Tobacco use costs national economies enormously through increased health care costs and diminished productivity. It worsens health inequalities and exacerbates poverty, as the poorest people spend less on essentials such as food, education and health care. Some 80% of premature deaths from tobacco occur in low- or middle-income countries, which face increasing challenges to achieving their development goals.


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