Every year, on 31 May, WHO and partners mark World No Tobacco Day, highlighting the health and additional risks associated with tobacco use, and advocating for effective policies to reduce tobacco consumption ,and encourage governments to take measures to force people to kick the habit.

The theme for World No Tobacco Day 2017 is "Tobacco – a threat to development."
Tobacco kills about 7 million people annually.

In a 2016 survey ,DHA found that 21.9% of the population smoke , of which 24.8% are males .  Globally smoking accounts for 30% of all cancer deaths.

Tobacco smoke contains more than 4,000 chemicals,of which 250 are toxic chemicals and at least 50 are known to cause cancer.

80% of smokers live in low and middle-income countries.
Goals of the World No Tobacco Day 2017 campaign
·         Highlight the links between the use of tobacco products, tobacco control and sustainable development.

·         Encourage countries to include tobacco control in their national responses to 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda.

·         Support Member States and civil society to combat tobacco industry interference in political processes, in turn leading to stronger national tobacco control action.

·         Encourage broader public and partner participation in national, regional and global efforts to develop and implement development strategies and plans and achieve goals that prioritize action on tobacco control.

·         Demonstrate how individuals can contribute to making a sustainable, tobacco-free world, either by committing to never taking up tobacco products, or by quitting the habit.