World No Tobacco Day

Get ready for plain packaging is the theme of World No Tobacco Day on May 31, 2016. The campaign, by the World Health Organization (WHO), serves to highlight the health risks associated with tobacco use and advocate for effective policies to reduce tobacco consumption through use of plain tobacco product packaging.

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 2016 is an opportunity to call on countries to work together to end the tobacco pandemic. Plain packaging builds upon other measures as part of a comprehensive multisectoral approach to tobacco control. Policy makers, civil society and the public can take action to ensure that their governments consider adoption of plain packaging. To learn more about WNTD 2016, 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.