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World No Tobacco Day 2017

Theme: Tobacco – a threat to development

World Health Organization (WHO) marks the theme of 31 May of the World No Tobacco Day (WNTD) in 2017 as “Tobacco – a threat to development”.

Announced by WHO, WNTD 2017 will demonstrate the threats that the tobacco industry posed to sustainable development of all countries, including the health and economic wellbeing of their citizens. WHO recommends all countries should respond to the 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda to prioritize and accelerate works on tobacco control in order to confront the global tobacco crisis and promote health and development.

WHO stated the threats towards several aspects of sustainable development posed by tobacco, including:

  • Population and Health: Tobacco use is a threat to any person, regardless of gender, age, race, cultural or educational background. About 6 million people die from tobacco use every year. The figure is predicted to grow to more than 8 million a year by 2030 without intensified action.
  • Economic Burden: Tobacco use costs national economies enormously through increased health-care costs and decreased productivity. In low- or middle-income countries, 80% of premature deaths from tobacco occurs.
  • Environmental Conservation: Tobacco growing requires large amounts of pesticides and fertilizers, which can be toxic and pollute water supplies. Each year, tobacco growing uses 4.3 million hectares of land, resulting in global deforestation between 2% and 4%. Tobacco manufacturing also produces over 2 million tonnes of solid waste.

As such, WNTD 2017 aims to:

  • Highlight the links between the use of tobacco products, tobacco control and sustainable development.
  • Encourage countries to include tobacco control in their national responses to 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda.
  • Support Member States and civil society to combat tobacco industry interference in political processes, in turn leading to stronger national tobacco control action.
  • Encourage broader public and partner participation in national, regional and global efforts to develop and implement development strategies and plans and achieve goals that prioritize action on tobacco control.

Source: World Health Organization

The themes of World No Tobacco Day in recent years :

2016 - Get ready for plain packaging COSH programme 
2015 - Stop illicit trade of tobacco products COSH programme 
2014 - Raise taxes on Tobacco COSH programme
2013 - Ban tobacco advertising, promotion and sponsorship COSH programme
2012 - Tobacco industry interference COSH programme 
2011 - The WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control  
2010 - Gender and Tobacco, with an emphasis on marketing to women COSH programme 
2009 - Tobacco Health Warnings  
2008 - Tobacco-Free Youth  
2007 – Smoke-Free Environments  
2006 – Tobacco : Deadly in any form or disguise  
2005 - Health Professionals Against Tobacco  
2004 - Tobacco and Poverty, a vicious circle  
2003 - Tobacco Free Film, Tobacco Free Fashion  
2002 - Tobacco Free Sports – Play it Clean  
2001 - Second-hand smoke kills  
2000 - Tobacco kills, don't be duped  

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