On 31 May, celebrate World No Tobacco Day by helping us to end the tobacco pandemic!
Did you know that tobacco kills more than 8 million people every single year, including 1.2 million non-users who breathe in secondhand smoke? Tobacco use causes serious diseases, including many cancers, respiratory diseases, heart disease, and stroke. Most of these preventable diseases and deaths occur in low- and middle-income countries, where smoking is normalized, prevalence is high, and the tobacco industry is aggressive and influential.
Tobacco is also destructive to the environment at every single stage of its cycle - cultivation, product manufacture, distribution, consumption, and post-consumption. The tobacco cycle ruins soil quality, perpetuates global deforestation, exposes growers to harmful substances, pollutes the air, and generates massive amounts of toxic waste, including hundreds of millions of kilograms of cigarette butts each year as well as materials from electronic smoking devices.