May 27, 2019
By the late 1980s, the World Health Organization (WHO) had started to ramp up efforts to address global tobacco control. World No Tobacco Day was created by the Member States of the WHO in 1987, whereby the World Health Assembly (WHA) passed Resolution WHA40.38 that called for April 7, 1988, to be a “a world no-smoking day.” That was the first of what has since become an annual celebration of World No Tobacco Day each May 31, after Resolution WHA42.19 was passed in 1989. When these “Tobacco or Health” resolutions were passed to raise awareness of the harmful effects of tobacco on health, tobacco was responsible for more than 2 million premature deaths annually. Since then, that number has risen to more than 7 million annual deaths.