World No Tobacco Day, 31 May 2000

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Quit the dependency on tobacco

What is World No Tobacco Day?

In 1989, the World Health Assembly created World No Tobacco Day (WNTD), May 31, to encourage smokers to give up smoking and to raise public awareness about the health impact of tobacco. Global themes for WNTD have included tobacco-free workplaces, the media and tobacco, and growing up without tobacco. WNTD is celebrated across the world with media campaigns and other activities.

WNTD 2000 Quit the Dependency: Tobacco Costs Too Much

PAHO's message this year is not just for smokers. Tobacco's health and economic costs affect all of us, so we all need to take responsibility for quitting the dependency. Smokers need a supportive environment to help them quit, and children need an environment that discourages the acceptability of tobacco use.

A new report by the World Bank describes actions governments can take to create this environment. They include restrictions on tobacco promotion and on smoking in public places, warnings on tobacco packages, tobacco taxes, and programs to help smokers quit and prevent young people from starting. And the good news, the World Bank report tells us, is that these measures will benefit the economy as well as health. Click on the boxes below to find out more.

PRESS RELEASE

STATEMENT FROM THE DIRECTOR

BACKGROUNDERS

  1. Tobacco in the Americas
  2. Health Risks of Tobacco Use
  3. Quit Tips for Individuals
  4. New Findings on the Health and Economic Impact of Tobacco Control Policies: Curbing the Epidemic: Governments and the Economics of Tobacco Control
  5. Tobacco Control and Government Options

WORLD BANK REPORT

    Curbing the Epidemic: Governments and the Economics of Tobacco Control
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PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENT

    Real Audio Quit the Dependency

    PAHO's Office of Public Information produces videos on a variety of subjects related to public health. These videos--which include documentaries, half-hour programs suitable for broadcasting and PSAs (Public Service Announcements)--are available to all interested TV and cable stations.

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