This annual celebration informs the public about the dangers of tobacco use, the business practices of tobacco companies, what the 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 worldwide attention to the tobacco epidemic and the preventable death and disease it causes. In 1987, the World Health Assembly adopted Resolution WHA40.38, calling for 7 April 1988 to be a “World No Smoking Day”. In 1988, Resolution WHA42.19 was adopted, calling for the celebration of World No Tobacco Day, every year on 31 May.