World No Tobacco Day

Every year, on 31 May, the World Health Organization (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 2018 is ‘Tobacco and heart disease‘.


About the campaign

Cardiovascular disease (CVD) kills more people than any other cause of death worldwide, whilst tobacco contributes to 12% of these heart disease deaths. Tobacco is the second leading cause of CVD, after high blood pressure.

Although the related harms of tobacco on heart health is known and solutions are available, knowledge among large sections of the public that tobacco is one of the leading causes of CVD is low.

Therefore the campaign aims to:

  • Increase awareness on the link between tobacco and heart and other cardiovascular diseases, including stroke.
  • Promote feasible actions and measures that key audiences, including governments and the public, can take to reduce the risks to heart health posed by tobacco.
  • Provide opportunities for the public, governments and others to promote heart health and protecting them from using tobacco products.
  • Encourage countries to strengthen the implementation of their tobacco control measures

ACOSH World No Tobacco Day video series

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.