World No Tobacco Day 31 May 2018

22 May 2018

Article: 52/2006

The focus of this year’s World No Tobacco Day is ‘tobacco and heart disease.’ The campaign will increase awareness on the:

  • links between tobacco and heart and other cardiovascular diseases (CVD), including stroke, which combined are the world’s leading causes of death
  • feasible actions and measures that key audiences, including governments and the public, can take to reduce the risks to heart health posed by tobacco

World No Tobacco Day 2018 will focus on the impact tobacco has on the cardiovascular health of people worldwide. Tobacco use is an important risk factor for the development of coronary heart disease, stroke, and peripheral vascular disease.

Despite the known harms of tobacco to heart health, and the availability of solutions to reduce related death and disease, knowledge among large sections of the public that tobacco is one of the leading causes of CVD is low.

The World Health Organization (WHO) provide tobacco factsheets, general information on tobacco and a global atlas on CVD prevention and control.

Source: WHO, May 2018