Tobacco Free Initiative

World No Tobacco Day 2017: Tobacco – a threat to development

Image shows a poster of a balloon with a map of the Eastern Mediterranean Region, and a hand holding a cigarette aimed at the balloon thus posing a threat to health and development.

The theme for World No Tobacco Day 2017 is “Tobacco – a threat to development”. World No Tobacco Day takes place every year on 31 May, and focuses on a different theme. WHO and partners work together throughout the year, to highlight the health and additional risks associated with tobacco use, and advocate for effective policies to reduce tobacco consumption. This World No Tobacco Day, WHO and partners will:

  • demonstrate the threats that the tobacco industry poses to the sustainable development of all countries, including the health and economic well-being of their citizens;
  • propose measures that governments and the public should take to promote health and development by confronting the global tobacco crisis.

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In focus

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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