Tobacco control resources

This page regroups resources and tools to communicate about tobacco control such as infographics, social media cards and videos.

Tobacco control and prevention

UICC and its members help with the implementation of the Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (WHO FCTC) by encouraging governments and policymakers to adopt and effectively implement the WHO FCTC requirements and guidelines, and by raising awareness of the risks related to the use of tobacco.

A ban on smoking in public areas, particularly closed environments, protects individuals by reducing their exposure to second-hand smoke, which contributes to 1.2 million deaths per year, including 65,000 among children. Taxation is a win-win measure for the economy as well as public health, since revenue can help fund health systems and prevention programmes; studies show that a 10% increase in taxes leads to a 4-5% decrease in the demand for cigarettes. However, these and other effective measures are often undermined or made difficult to implement due to the massive financial and political weight of the tobacco industry, which spends an estimated USD 23 Million per day on marketing and actively spreads misinformation

World No Tobacco Day

Each year, UICC supports the WHO-led World No Tobacco Day on 31 May to drive attention to the harms caused by tobacco as the leading preventable cause of cancer and to reduce the number of cancer cases and related deaths through tobacco cessation.

The campaign theme for World No Tobacco Day 2023 is "We need food, not tobacco" to raise awareness about alternative crop production and marketing opportunities for tobacco farmers and encourage them to grow sustainable, nutritious crops.

Tobacco control ready-made social media messages

Tobacco cultivation produces almost 84 megatons of CO2 emissions per year  - Curbing tobacco production will improve people’s health and the health of the planet. #NoTobacco #TobaccoExposed @uicc @who


Tobacco does not only harm the smoker – it also harms the environment. For every 300 cigarettes made, one tree is cut down. 6 trillion cigarettes are made each year.  #NoTobacco #TobaccoExposed @uicc @who


Smoking cigarettes emits toxic substances into the atmosphere which harm the environment and people. Tobacco cessation will help smokers, other people, and the planet. #NoTobacco #TobaccoExposed @uicc @who


Globally 1.8 million deaths are caused by #lungcancer annually. #Tobacco smoking is the most common cause of lung #cancer, contributing to roughly 1.2 million deaths per year. Quitting smoking can significantly reduce the risk of lung cancer. @uicc


Tobacco taxation is one of the most effective & cost-effective measures for controlling tobacco use and preventing #NCDs, including #cancer. @uicc


#Tobacco goes far beyond an issue of #health – it places a tremendous burden on countries least equipped to respond to tobacco-related illness and death. @uicc


#Tobacco products kill more than 8 million people every year and are accountable for 25% of all #cancer deaths globally. With such a high death rate, #tobacco industries must continuously find new consumers to replace the ones that their products are killing to maintain revenue. @uicc


#Tobacco use is the single largest preventable cause of #cancer and stopping smoking is one of the best things we can do to reduce our risk of cancer. @uicc


Through aggressive marketing of e-cigarettes, 7 in 10 teens are estimated to be exposed to #ecigarette adverts. Teen e-cigarette users are also more likely to start #smoking #tobacco. Governments must take a strong regulatory approach to e-cigarettes, particularly to protect youth. @uicc


#Tobacco use burdens the global economy with an estimated US$ 1.4 trillion in #healthcare costs and lost productivity each year. @uicc


Quitting #tobacco at any age can make huge a difference, increasing your life expectancy and improving quality of life. @uicc


Ending online #tobacco and e-cigarette advertising now will prevent future generations from seeing these products as “normal” and getting hooked. @uicc

Tobacco control videos


Latest news and blog articles on tobacco control

UICC urges action on World No Tobacco Day to prevent 2.5 million tobacco-related cancer deaths

Used cigarette butts polluting the ground
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How tobacco and lung cancer are related in Mexico: a story without a happy ending

Creative image design of a hand holding a cigarette and a young man holding out his arm to say no
Kenji Lopez Cuevas
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Podcast "Let's Talk Cancer": Tobacco and alcohol – manipulative marketing and how to counter it

 Hands of a man and a woman holding a glass of alcohol and cigarettes
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Commercial interests drive millions of cancer deaths

Cropped head of a white male eating burger, fries, soda and beer in front of his computer.
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UICC members in Fiji and Australia receive prestigious World No Tobacco Day Award

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Podcast "Let's Talk Cancer": How the tobacco industry harms our health and our planet

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Last update

Wednesday 31 May 2023

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