2017 World No Tobacco Day

Every year, on 31 May, WHO and partners mark World No Tobacco Day (WNTD), highlighting the health and additional risks associated with tobacco use, and advocating for effective policies to reduce tobacco consumption. The theme for World No Tobacco Day 2017 is “Tobacco – a threat to development.”


About the campaign

  • It will demonstrate the threats that the tobacco industry poses to the sustainable development of all countries, including the health and economic well-being of their citizens
  • It will propose measures that governments and the public should take to promote health and development by confronting the global tobacco crisis.

ACOSH WNTD video series

In the lead up to the 2017 WNTD, ACOSH is releasing a series of short videos. The first video features tobacco control expert Professor Mike Daube, AO, Professor of Health Policy at Curtin University and ACOSH Life Member. Professor Daube talks about how to achieve a Tobacco Free Australia. The series will also include tobacco control experts talking about local government’s role in tobacco control, ACOSH priorities and Indigenous tobacco control.


The second video of the series features Mr Vic Andrich, President | Environmental Health Australia (WA) and ACOSH Secretary. Mr Andrich talks about how local government can further reduce the prevalence of smoking.

In the third video, Professor Tom Calma AO, National Coordinator for the Tackling Indigenous Smoking Program,  talks about how World No Tobacco Day is the perfect opportunity to take the first step in giving up the smokes. Professor Calma advises his peoples to give up for you, for health, for family and for the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, the oldest culture in the World. He also identifies the danger of secondhand smoke and the services available to help quit such as the Tackling Indigenous Smoking workers, your GP and the Quitline.

In the fourth video, released on WNTD, Mr Maurice Swanson, ACOSH President and CEO of the Heart Foundation (WA), talks about the priorities for ACOSH over the next five years. ACOSH will be focused on the ‘big picture strategies’ that will most effectively reduce the prevalence of smoking in the Western Australian and Australian community. ACOSH will advocate for strategies that already work and new, innovative strategies to reach our goal. ACOSH will also focus on those communities with a higher prevalence of smoking.