Home > Lifestyle > Stop smoking > News 31 May 2013 World No Tobacco Day Every year, on 31 May, the World Health Organisation and partners around the globe mark World No Tobacco Day, highlighting the health risks associated with tobacco use and advocating for effective policies to reduce tobacco consumption. 0 iStock Related May is anti-tobacco campaign month Prohibiting tobacco trademarks is ‘unconstitutional’ Go green, quit smoking Ask Stop Smoking Advice » Assess Ready to quit smoking? » Assess Are you at risk for cancer? » Assess Are you at risk for COPD? » Quit smoking this year Is this the best anti-smoking ad ever? Every year, on 31 May, the World Health Organization and partners around the globe mark World No Tobacco Day, highlighting the health risks associated with tobacco use and advocating for effective policies to reduce tobacco consumption.Tobacco use is the single most preventable cause of death globally and is currently responsible for killing one in 10 adults worldwide. The chance that a lifelong smoker will die prematurely from a complication of smoking is approximately 50%.Of the nearly 6 million people who die each year as a result of the global tobacco epidemic, more than 600 000 are non-smokers dying from breathing second-hand smoke. Unless we act, the epidemic will kill more than 8 million people every year by 2030.Most smokers would to quit70% of smokers say that they would like to quit. Some highly addicted smokers make serious attempts to quit but are able to stop for only a few hours. 80% who attempt to quit on their own return to smoking within a month. Each year only about 3% of smokers who make a quit attempt are able to quit successfully. The ultimate goal of World No Tobacco Day is to contribute to protect present and future generations not only from these devastating health consequences, but also against the social, environmental and economic scourges of tobacco use and exposure to tobacco smoke. Nicotine addiction is exceptionally difficult to overcome. Speak to your doctor or pharmacist about medication specifically designed to give you a better chance. Start taking your life back, today. References: 1. World Health Organization. Tobacco Free Initiative: World No Tobacco Day. 2. Available from: the World Health Organisation3. Benowitz NL. Nicotine Addiction. N Engl J Med 2010 June 17;362(24):2295-2303 Pfizer Press release More in Lifestyle Smoking linked to one-fourth of US cancer deaths More: Stop smokingNews advertisement Read Health24’s Comments Policy Comment on this story 0 comments Comments have been closed for this article. Logout Comment 0 characters remaining Share on Facebook Loading comments... From our sponsors Keep an eye on your vision Which skin products are better, ‘medical grade’ or ‘over-the-counter’? Win 1 of 6 R5000 cash prizes Win a R2 000 Skin Renewal voucher Live healthier Exercise benefits for seniors » Working out in the concrete jungle Even a little exercise may help prevent dementia Here’s an unexpected way to boost your memory: running Seniors who exercise recover more quickly from injury or illness When sedentary older adults got into an exercise routine, it curbed their risk of suffering a disabling injury or illness and helped them recover if anything did happen to them. No relief for MS » Drug shows promise against MS in mouse study Vitamin D may slow multiple sclerosis Obesity in girls tied to higher MS risk Exercise may not lower women's risk of MS A Harvard study showed no evidence to support the idea that exercise lowers the risk of multiple sclerosis.