World No Tobacco Day

Raise taxes on tobacco is the theme of World No Tobacco Day on May 31, 2014. The campaign, by the World Health Organization (WHO), stated that raising tobacco taxes is effective in reducing tobacco use among lower-income groups and in preventing young people from starting to smoke.

Tobacco use continues to be the leading cause of preventable death, killing almost six million people across the global annually. The WHO predicts a death toll of up to eight million by 2030 if action is not taken now.

World No Tobacco Day 2014 is an opportunity to call on countries to raise taxes on tobacco. A tax increase that increases tobacco prices by 10% decreases tobacco consumption by about 4% in high-income countries and by up to 8% in most low- and middle-income countries. To learn more about strategies for raising tobacco taxes, visit the AAP Richmond Center’s interactive Tobacco Prevention Policy Tool or find out what you need to know from the WHO.

For more information on the global fight against tobacco, visit the WHO Tobacco Free Initiative Web site.

View information from previous World No Tobacco Days.