Tobacco Free Initiative

World No Tobacco Day 2015

Image of World No Tobacco Day 2015 poster, themed Stop illicit trade of tobacco products.31 May 2015 – World No Tobacco Day takes place every year on 31 May. WHO has selected "stop illicit trade of tobacco products" as the theme of this year's Day. The campaign this year focuses on raising awareness about the harm caused by the illicit trade in tobacco products on countries and individuals, as well as the tobacco industry’s involvement in this trade.

Illicit trade undermines tobacco control policies, and makes tobacco products more affordable and accessible, especially to young people and low-income groups. Ratifying, and making use of the Protocol to Eliminate Illicit Trade in Tobacco Products by all Parties to the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control is crucial.

Regional campaign material

Global campaign material


28 May 2015 – Pakistan released its Global Adult Tobacco Survey (GATS) factsheet and executive summary in a press conference hosted by the Ministry of National Health Services, Regulations and...

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WHO recognizes H.H. Sheikh Al Qasimi for leadership in tobacco control

18 March 2015 - On the opening day of the 16th World Conference on Tobacco or Health in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, WHO recognized H.H. Sheikh Sultan Bin Muhammad...

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Save lives: Recommit to implementing WHO’s Framework Convention on Tobacco Control

27 February, 2015, Cairo, Egypt – 10 years have passed since the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (WHO FCTC), the world’s first ever public health treaty, entered into force,...

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In focus

16th World Conference on Tobacco or Health

The 16th World Conference on Tobacco or Health opened at the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre, United Arab Emirates on 17 March 2015. The keynote speaker at the inaugural session...

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Qatar releases key findings from the first Global Adult Tobacco Survey

27 November 2013 – Qatar released its fact sheet from the first Global Adult Tobacco Survey in a press conference organized by the Supreme Council of Health. The Global Adult...

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Regional workshop on tobacco control and trade

From 19 to 21 March 2013, the first regional workshop that tackles the issue of trade in relation to tobacco control is being held jointly with WHO headquarters. This workshop...

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  • Tobacco-free public spaces

Tobacco-free public places means that ALL indoor workplaces and indoor public places should be 100% smoke-free.

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Statistics and figures

By 2030 70% of tobacco-related deaths will be in developing countries

Tobacco use in the Eastern Mediterranean Region