The World Health Organization (WHO) in 1988 declared May 31 as World No Tobacco Day, which today is part of the UN system of world and international days.
Every year, WHO and partners globally celebrate this Day to raise awareness of the harmful and deadly effects of tobacco use and secondhand smoke, draw attention to the health risks associated with tobacco use, and encourage governments to implement effective policies to reduce tobacco use in any form.
The task set before the world community was to ensure that the problem of smoking disappeared in the 21st century. The 21st century has come, but the problem has not disappeared. The fight against nicotine continues. Therefore, the global goal of World No Tobacco Day is to promote the protection of present and future generations not only from the devastating health consequences, but also from the social, environmental and economic ills associated with tobacco use and exposure to tobacco smoke.