This yearly celebration informs the public on the dangers of using tobacco, the business practices of tobacco companies, what WHO is doing to fight the tobacco epidemic, and what people around the world can do to claim their right to health and healthy living and to protect future generations.
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.
In 1987, the World Health Assembly passed Resolution WHA40.38, calling for 7 April 1988 to be a "a world no-smoking day." In 1988, Resolution WHA42.19 was passed, calling for the celebration of World No Tobacco Day, every year on 31 May.
This years theme for World Tobacco Day is commit to quit.
The COVID-19 pandemic has led to millions of tobacco users saying they want to quit. Commit to quit today and sign the pledge and in support of the movement WHO has put up a pledge for individuals committing to stop tobacco use which can be accessed here.
There is also the launch of the Quitter Diaries project which will follow six real tobacco users from across the globe via vlog style videos along the journey of their Quit Challenge.
Click here to learn more about the quit challenge.