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May 31, 2016 1:13 PMCategory: Physical Activity

World No Tobacco Day

Today is World No Tobacco Day. The World Health Organization (WHO) created World No Tobacco Day in 1987; it is observed around the world every year on May 31. World No Tobacco Day is meant to encourage a 24-hour period of abstinence from all forms of tobacco use, and to spread awareness of the negative health consequences caused by tobacco.

For World No Tobacco Day May 31, 2016, WHO is calling countries to get ready for plain (standardized) packaging of tobacco products. Plain packaging is an important demand reduction measure that reduces the attractiveness of tobacco products, restricts use of tobacco packaging as a form of tobacco advertising and promotion, limits misleading packaging and labeling, and increases the effectiveness of health warnings.

Do you know that health improves almost immediately after a person quits smoking? Check this out:


Smoking is the most preventable cause of premature death in the United States. Learn more about World No Tobacco Day and take a look at this Partnering4Health resource on how to get involved.