World No Tobacco Day

Stop illicit trade of tobacco products was the theme of World No Tobacco Day on May 31, 2015. The campaign, by the World Health Organization (WHO), serves to shed light on illegal tobacco trade- a major global concern from many perspectives, including health, legal, economic, governance and corruption.

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 2015 was an opportunity to call on countries to work together to end the illicit trade of tobacco products. To learn more about strategies for raising tobacco taxes, visit the WHO campaign site.

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.