World No Tobacco Day is observed around the world every year on May 31. The member states of the World Health Organization created World No Tobacco Day in 1987. It draws global attention to the tobacco epidemic and to the preventable death and disease it causes.
Tobacco is the second major cause of death in the world. It is well known that half the people who smoke regularly today – about 650 million people – will eventually be killed by tobacco. Equally alarming is the fact that hundreds of thousands of people who have never smoked die each year from diseases caused by breathing second-hand tobacco smoke.
100% smoke-free is the only answer
Neither ventilation nor filtration, alone or in combination, can reduce exposure levels of tobacco smoke indoors to levels that are considered acceptable, even in terms of odor, much less health effects (see Myths below).
The evidence demands an immediate, decisive response, to protect the health of all people.
Why go smoke-free?
- Second-hand tobacco smoke kills and causes serious illnesses.
- 100% smoke-free environments fully protect workers and the public from the serious harmful effects of tobacco smoke.
- The right to clean air, free from tobacco smoke, is a human right.
- Most people in the world are non-smokers and have a right not to be exposed to other people's smoke.
- Surveys show that smoking bans are widely supported by both smokers and non-smokers.
- Smoke-free environments are good for business, as families with children, most non-smokers and even smokers often prefer to go to smoke-free places.
- Smoke-free environments provide the many smokers who want to quit with a strong incentive to cut down or stop smoking altogether.
- Smoke-free environments help prevent people – especially the young – from starting to smoke.
- Smoke-free environments cost little and they work!