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Anti-Tobacco Day or World No Tobacco Day is observed on 31 May every year across the globe to make people aware and educate them about the harmful effects of tobacco on health which causes cardiovascular diseases, cancer, tooth decay, staining of teeth .

This yearly celebration informs the public on the dangers of using tobacco, the business practices of tobacco companies, what WHO is doing to fight the tobacco epidemic, and what people around the world can do to claim their right to health and healthy living and to protect future generations.

The Member States of the World Health Organization created World No Tobacco Day in 1987 to draw global attention to the tobacco epidemic and the preventable death and disease it causes. In 1987, the World Health Assembly passed Resolution WHA40.38, calling for 7 April 1988 to be a “a world no-smoking day.” In 1988, Resolution WHA42.19 was passed, calling for the celebration of World No Tobacco Day, every year on 31 May.

The Member States of the WHO created World No Tobacco Day in 1987 to draw global attention to the tobacco epidemic and the preventable death and disease it causes. The day is further intended to draw attention to the widespread prevalence of tobacco use and to negative health effects, which currently lead to more than 8 million deaths each year worldwide, including 1.2 million are the result of non-smokers being exposed to second-hand smoke.The day has been met with both enthusiasm and resistance around the globe from governments, public health organizations, smokers, growers, and the tobacco industry.

Here are some ways to help you resist the urge to smoke or use tobacco when a tobacco craving strikes.
  1. Try nicotine replacement therapy. Ask your doctor about nicotine replacement therapy. 
  2. Avoid triggers. 
  3. Delay. 
  4. Chew on it. 
  5. Don’t have ‘just one’ .
  6. Get physical. 
  7. Practice relaxation techniques. 
  8. Call for reinforcements.

Choosing to be tobacco free could be one of the most important decisions you ever make. Quitting smoking will help you live a longer, healthier life as well as help protect the health of your family and friends. Giving up smoking can be difficult, but a tobacco-free lifestyle offers many benefits – benefits that will last a lifetime.even if you’re a long-time smoker, quitting now could help prevent serious illness and add years to your life. And if you’ve tried to quit before and weren’t successful, don’t be discouraged. Try again. Many people have tried to quit more than once before they succeed.

Because secondhand smoke can cause cancer, heart disease and other illnesses in people who don’t smoke, your spouse, your children, other family members or friends who breathe your smoke are at risk. In addition, children who are exposed to tobacco smoke are more likely to experience sudden infant death syndrome, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, asthma and other respiratory problems.

Two very important motivations for smoking cessation were a smoking ban at home and at work due to other people’s wishes and rules, and the high cost of cigarettes. The most common smoking-cessation mode was a spontaneous decision to quit, caused by a particular trigger factor. Relapse causes encompassed, most notably: stress, lack of the pleasure previously obtained from smoking, and the smoking environment.

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