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Themes of World No Tobacco Day

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Each year, the WHO selects a theme for the day in order to create a more unified global message for WNTD. This theme then becomes the central component of the WHO’s tobacco-related agenda for the following year.[4] The WHO oversees the creation and distribution of publicity materials related to the theme, including brochures, fliers, posters, websites, and press releases. In 2008 for the theme Tobacco-free youth, Youtube videos were created as a part of the WNTD awareness campaign, and podcasts were first used in 2009.

In many of its WNTD themes and related publicity-materials, the WHO emphasizes the idea of “truth.”‌ Theme titles such as “Tobacco kills, don’t be duped”‌ (2000) and “Tobacco: deadly in any form or disguise”‌ (2006) indicate a WHO belief that individuals may be misled or confused about the true nature of tobacco; the rationale for the 2000 and 2008 WNTD themes identify the marketing strategies and “illusions”‌ created by the tobacco industry as a primary source of this confusion. The WHO’s WNTD materials present an alternate understanding of the “facts”‌ as seen from a global public health perspective. WNTD publicity materials provide an “official”‌ interpretation of the most up-to-date tobacco-related research and statistics and provide a common ground from which to formulate anti-tobacco arguments around the world.



2012 Tobacco Industry Interference

2011 The WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control

2010 Gender and tobacco with an emphasis on marketing to women

2009 Tobacco health warnings

2008 Tobacco-free youth

2007 Smoke free inside

2006 Tobacco: deadly in any form or disguise

2005 Health professionals against tobacco

2004 Tobacco and poverty, a vicious circle

2003 Tobacco free film, tobacco free fashion

2002 Tobacco free sports

2001 Second-hand smoke kills

2000 Tobacco kills, don't be duped

1999 Leave the pack behind

1998 Growing up without tobacco

1997 United for a tobacco free world

1996 Sport and art without tobacco: play it tobacco free

1995 Tobacco costs more than you think

1994 Media and tobacco: get the message across

1993 Health services: our windows to a tobacco free world

1992 Tobacco free workplaces: safer and healthier

1991 Public places and transport: better be tobacco free

1990 Childhood and youth without tobacco: growing up without tobacco

1989 Women and tobacco: the female smoker: at added risk

1988 Tobacco or Health: choose health


Event coordination

The WHO serves as a central hub for coordinating WNTD events around the world. The WHO website provides a place for groups toregister their planned WNTD events. The WHO publishes this information, by country, on its website. The registry helps foster communication and awareness between groups (locally, nationally, and globally) interested in the public health effects of tobacco, and it also serves as a way for interested individuals to quickly see if there is an event in their area.

Source: timeanddate.com

Other Links:

Timeline of World No Tobacco Day

Discussion over World No Tobacco Day

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