World No Tobacco Day

This year's theme for World No Tobacco Day is "Tobacco industry Interference" drawing attention to the activities and practices of the tobacco industry. The link between smoking and lung cancer was scientifically established in 1950, yet since then smoking has killed 100 million people. The World Health Organization warns that unless societies act, tobacco use will kill a billion people this century.

VIDEO: Nigerian Youth Light up Cigarette Habit

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  • Africa:  'The Politics of Tobacco is the Politics of Trouble'

    National Council Against Smoking, 29 May 2012

    "Tobacco industry Interference" is this year's theme as WHO calls for action to reduce the undue influence of the tobacco industry on government health policies. read more »

  • Uganda:  Tobacco Industry Killing Efforts to Cut Smoking Deaths

    The Observer, 29 May 2012

    Tomorrow is World No Tobacco Day. read more »

  • Nigeria:  Health Experts Want Smoking Cessation at All Levels

    Vanguard, 21 May 2012

    Irked by rising number of deaths and diseases associated with smoking, health experts have stressed the need for government at all levels to adopt preventive comprehensive health ... read more »

  • South Africa:  Cansa Condemns Tobacco's Marketing Tactics

    Biz-Community, 25 May 2012

    As World No Tobacco Day comes on 31 May 2012, the Cancer Association of South Africa (CANSA) condemns the tobacco industry's aggressive marketing, despite advertising restriction ... read more »

  • Kenya:  New Report Details Tobacco Deaths in Nation

    The Star, 1 April 2012

    At least three per cent of all deaths of men in Kenya every year is triggered by tobacco use, a new global report shows. The 2012 Tobacco Atlas says this is the most preventable ... read more »

  • Africa:  Tobacco - the Leading Preventable Cause of Death

    World Health Organization, 31 May 2012

    Tobacco is the leading preventable cause of death in the world. Tobacco control actions will prevent young people from starting to use tobacco, help current tobacco users to quit ... read more »

  • Tanzania:  Where Smokers Are a Menace

    Tanzania Daily News, 7 April 2012

    RESPIRATORY infections emanating from tobacco smoking that spans a decade or so is a health hazard in Dodoma Region. read more »

  • Nigeria:  Smoking Menthol Cigarettes Tied to Stroke

    Vanguard, 11 April 2012

    People who smoke menthol cigarettes are more likely to have a history of stroke than smokers who prefer regular cigarettes, an analysis of federal health survey data indicated. read more »

  • Africa:  How Big Tobacco Corrupts Science

    The South African Civil Society Information Service, 23 March 2012

    "There are six trillion cigarettes smoked every year worldwide. This is enough to make a continuous chain from the Earth to the Sun and back with enough left over for several round ... read more »

  • Namibia:  New Tobacco Legislation Catches On

    New Era, 16 April 2012

    The legislation that seeks to force tobacco companies to sell cigarettes in plain packaging is slowly catching on with Britain considering implementing the law, following in ... read more »

  • Nigeria:  FCTA Re-Iterates Smoking Ban in Public Places

    Daily Trust, 11 May 2012

    The FCT Administration has said that the law prohibiting smoking in public places in the FCT is still in force. read more »

  • Nigeria:  Tonto Dike Dumps Smoking Habit?

    Vanguard, 26 May 2012

    Nollywood bad girl,Tonto Dike, who is known to be a heavy smoker has finally dumped the habit. read more »

  • Tanzania:  Don't Put Your Child At Risk

    Tanzania Daily News, 13 May 2012

    THE news is not good. "Heart disease begins in childhood," reports the National Institute of Health in the USA. A recent examination of 360 randomly selected youngsters ages 7-12 ... read more »


Worldwide, tobacco use kills one in 10 adults. After hypertension, it is the second cause of death globally.