World No Tobacco Day

wntd 2018 posterEvery year, on 31 May, WHO and partners, including the Framework Convention Alliance, mark World No Tobacco Day to highlight the health and other risks associated with tobacco use. They advocate for effective policies to reduce tobacco consumption.

This year, World No Tobacco Day will focus on the link between tobacco and heart and other cardiovascular diseases (CVD) and promote feasible actions and measures that governments and the public, can take to reduce the risks to heart health posed by tobacco. This year’s theme is “Tobacco Breaks Hearts.”


  • Highlight the links between the use of tobacco products and heart and other cardiovascular diseases.
  • Increase awareness within the broader public of the impact tobacco use and exposure to second-hand smoke have on cardiovascular health.
  • Provide opportunities for the public, governments and others to make commitments to promote heart health by protecting people from use of tobacco products.
  • Encourage countries to strengthen implementation of the proven MPOWER tobacco control measures contained in the WHO FCTC.

For more information, visit the WHO World No Tobacco Day website, available in six languages: ArabicChineseEnglishFrenchRussian, and Spanish.

  • Statement by WHO Director-General Dr Tedros (video).
  • WHO “Tobacco breaks hearts” video.




Click on the links below to read about previous FCA World No Tobacco Day activities.



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