Tobacco control resources

UICC resources and tools

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 the number of cancer cases and related deaths through tobacco cessation.

The campaign theme for World No Tobacco Day 2022 is “Tobacco: Threat to our environment"

This page consolidates all relevant resources and content.


Tobacco Control ready-made social media messages

Ready-made Social Media Messages

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

News and blogs on tobacco control

Picture of a World No Tobacco Day Award medal
8 June 2022

UICC members in Fiji and Australia receive prestigious World No Tobacco Day Award

The Fiji Cancer Society and Kylie Lindorff at the Cancer Council New South Wales earn recognition for their work in tobacco control.

Young boy sitting on a pile of tobacco leaves
25 May 2022

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

Dr Ulysses Dorotheo talks to Dr Cary Adams about the harms caused by tobacco to the environment and measures to take to improve tobacco control. 

Logs piled outside tobacco curing barns in Malawi.
18 May 2022

The cigarette industry’s green disguise

Marking the upcoming World No Tobacco Day, Sonja von Eichborn explores the tobacco industry’s toll on the environment and its greenwashing strategy.

Men smoking waterpipes outside in the evening
16 May 2022

UICC members in the MEA region work to reduce tobacco production and use

Many countries in low-resource settings face significant hurdles in enforcing anti-tobacco laws, enabling farmers to transition to alternative crops, and fighting the smuggling of chemicals and tobacco products.

Close up of a person's hand putting out a cigarette in the sand next to other cigarette butts
22 April 2022

Tobacco is poisoning the environment as well as public health

UICC is supporting World No Tobacco Day on 31 May – highlighting the detrimental impact of tobacco on the environment – with a collection of digital tools to promote more effective tobacco control.

Vector image of three Black women
17 March 2022

Snuff on the rise among Zambian women, increasing risks for cervical cancer

Insunko is a powdered form of tobacco sold in Zambia that an increasing number of women believe enhances male sexual pleasure. Such a use heightens the risk of cervical cancer.

Last update: 
Tuesday 16 August 2022