World No Tobacco Day!

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31 May 2014 | Tobacco kills nearly six million people each year, of which more than 600 000 are non-smokers dying from breathing second-hand smoke.

Unless we act, the epidemic will kill more than 8 million people every year by 2030. More than 80% of these preventable deaths will be among people living in low-and middle-income countries.

For World No Tobacco Day 2014, WHO and partners call on countries to raise taxes on tobacco.

The ultimate goal of World No Tobacco Day is to contribute to protecting present and future generations not only from the devastating health consequences due to tobacco, but also from the social, environmental and economic scourges of tobacco use and exposure to tobacco smoke.

Specific goals of the 2014 campaign are that:

  • governments increase taxes on tobacco to levels that reduce tobacco consumption;
  • individuals and civil society organizations encourage their governments to increase taxes on tobacco to levels that reduce consumption.

For more information on the campaign, please click on the following link: http://www.who.int/campaigns/no-tobacco-day/2014/en/

Also, for the first time, the Disease Control Priorities Network (DCP-3) will include a chapter on cancer control with a dedicated report on tobacco taxation. For more information, please visit this link: http://www.dcp-3.org/resources/tobacco-taxes-win-win-measure-fiscal-space-and-health


On the occasion of World No Tobacco Day, the World Health Organization recognises individuals or organisations from its six regions for their accomplishments in the area of tobacco control such as research, capacity building, promotion of policy or legislation and advocacy to enhance tobacco control. The World No-Tobacco Day 2014 Award Winners from the African Region included one of UICC's fellows, Mr Vuyile Dlamini from Swaziland.

We are happy to take this occasion to congratulate Mr Dlamini on this outstanding recognition of the work he has done.