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WHO's World No Tobacco Day

As part of their Tobacco Free Initiative (TFI), the World Health Organization (WHO) and their partners have chosen May 31 to highlight the health risks that tobacco use can cause and to advocate for effective policies to reduce tobacco consumption.

Some Fast Facts About Tobacco Use

All figures taken from the WHO website.


of all deaths are caused by non-communicable diseases (NCD's), for which tobacco use is one of the greatest risk factors


people are killed by tobacco each year

> 600,000

people die each year from exposure to second hand smoke

> 4000

chemicals in tobacco, of which at least 250 are known to be harmful and more than 50 are known to cause cancer

< 11%

of the world's population are protected by comprehensive national smoke-free laws

Learn more about World No Tobacco Day and how you can make a difference by visiting the WHO's website today.

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