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World No Tobacco Day



Each year on 31 May, the World Health Organisation (WHO) mark World No Tobacco Day (WNTD), an opportunity to highlight the health and other risks associated with tobacco use, and advocate for policies to reduce tobacco consumption.

The theme for 2017 is Tobacco - a threat to development, which aims to demonstrate the risk that the tobacco industry poses to the sustainable development of all countries. The theme will highlight measures that governments and the public can take to promote health and development by confronting the global tobacco crisis.

WHO is calling on countries to prioritise and accelerate tobacco control efforts as part of their responses to the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. In addition to saving lives and reducing health inequalities, comprehensive tobacco control contains the adverse environmental impact of tobacco growing, manufacturing, trade and consumption.

In Australia, there are a number of events happening to mark WNTD, particularly in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities. Get in touch with your local Aboriginal Medical Service/health organisation to ask what's happening near you.


Last updated: 22 May 2017
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